Massachusetts voters have rejected Question 2, ranked-choice voting. Over 54% of voters said no to the measure, with 83% of precincts reporting.
Americans for Tax Reform opposed the measure. Question 2 would have instituted ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts primary and general election contests for state legislators, governor and other executive offices, federal congressional offices, and certain county offices. Massachusetts elections currently use a plurality voting system and semi-closed primaries.
“Runoff elections would work fine, where there would be a second election day and the highest two vote-getters would advance to that,” explains Paul Craney, spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “That allows the voters the ability — which ranked-choice, or instant-runoff voting, doesn’t allow you — to have an understanding of who the final two [candidates] are to make the determinations.”