Campaign Summary

Massachusetts has a long history of candidates winning elections even though they didn’t receive a majority of the votes. In 2020, the winner of the 4th Congressional Primary received less than 23 percent of the vote. Massachusetts residents from across the state have been advocating for a solution: Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). From holding educational events to passing city-wide RCV laws, these dedicated volunteers laid a strong foundation for a statewide RCV law. In 2019 and 2020, the campaign picked up momentum, putting a statewide RCV measure on the ballot as Measure 2.

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November 2020

November 3, 2020

After a long campaign, Measure 2 falls short on election day.

In a statement, the campaign said “We came up short in this election, and we are obviously deeply disappointed. But that’s certainly no reflection of the hard work of the thousands of dedicated volunteers, staff and surrogates of this campaign. Even amidst a global pandemic, we were able to mobilize a movement to strengthen our democracy in a time when it’s needed most. We were attempting to do something historic in Massachusetts and fell short, but the incredible groundswell of support from volunteers and reformers that assembled behind this campaign is reason enough to stay optimistic about the future of our democracy.”

October 2020

October 17, 2020

In-person early voting begins in Massachusetts.

October 11, 2020

Measure 2 is endorsed by The Boston Globe, which says that “Massachusetts voters can strike an important blow for majority rule by moving to ranked-choice voting for a number of state and federal elections.”

October 2, 2020

Former MA Governor Bill Weld and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang pen a bipartisan op-ed endorsing Measure 2, saying “It’s time we bring our presidential primary process into the 21st Century by adopting ranked choice voting. This promising non-partisan electoral reform would give voters more voice, choice and power in the primary process.”

September 2020

September 30, 2020

Actor Jennifer Lawrence releases a video in support of the campaign.

September 24, 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey endorse Measure 2.

September 9, 2020

The Yes on 2 campaign releases a list of over 50 academics, researchers, and election experts who support Measure 2.

September 1, 2020

Massachusetts holds primary elections. The vote in the 4th Congressional District is split between 9 candidates, making it nearly impossible for any to win a clear majority. The winner only had 22.4% of the vote, clearly demonstrating the need for Ranked Choice Voting.

August 2020

August 13, 2020

Polling shows that a majority of Massachusetts voters who understand RCV support it.

July 2020

July 29, 2020

The Yes on 2 Campaign announces its honorary co-chairs:

  • Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics;
  • Kerry Murphy Healey, 70th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and President of the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream;
  • Steve Pagliuca, Co-Chairman of Bain Capital and Managing Partner of the Boston Celtics;
  • Deval Patrick, 71st Governor of Massachusetts and Founder and Chairman of TogetherFUND;
  • Bill Weld, 68th Governor of Massachusetts;
  • Tanisha M. Sullivan, President of the NAACP Boston Branch; and
  • Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, President Emeritus at Harvard University and former United States Treasury Secretary.

July 10, 2020

The Massachusetts Ranked Choice Voting campaign is placed on the ballot as Measure 2.

May 2020

May 1, 2020

The campaign needs to collect a second round of signatures to be placed on the ballot, but the COVID-19 pandemic makes it difficult to safely collect signatures in person. The Supreme Judicial Court rules that ballot initiative signatures may be collected through a secure online system. The ruling allows the campaign to continue signature collection safely, turning in more than enough to qualify for the ballot.


December 4, 2019

The Voter Choice Massachusetts campaign turns in over 110,000 signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth in support of the RCV ballot measure, far more than the 80,000 required.

September 4, 2019

The Massachusetts Attorney General certifies the Ranked Choice Voting ballot measure, allowing the campaign to start collecting the signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot.

July 16, 2019

Supporters of Ranked Choice Voting hold a Lobby Day at the State Capitol.


November 1, 2018

Easthampton, Massachusetts votes to adopt Ranked Choice Voting in municipal elections.

Voters in the 1st Hampshire and 3rd Hampshire Districts also approve advisory questions supporting RCV.

October 28, 2018

Amherst, Massachusetts adopts RCV.


November 5, 1940

Voters in Cambridge, Massachusetts approve a charter Amendment adopting a form of Ranked Choice Voting. The system is still used in Cambridge today.