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Advocates On Both Sides Of Ballot Question 2 Square Off In Debate Over Ranked-Choice Voting39:02
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Ballots are prepared to be tabulated during a 2018 election in Augusta, Maine. The election was the first congressional race in American history to be decided by the ranked-choice voting method that allows second choices. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)
Ballots are prepared to be tabulated during a 2018 election in Augusta, Maine. The election was the first congressional race in American history to be decided by the ranked-choice voting method that allows second choices. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

This November, Massachusetts voters will vote on 2 statewide ballot initiatives. We unpack Question 2, which asks Massachusetts voters to fundamentally re-think how they cast their votes by implementing a ranked-choice voting system.

A "yes" vote favors implementing ranked-choice voting for primary and general elections for state executive officials, state legislators, federal congressional and senate seats, and certain county offices beginning in 2022. A "no" vote opposes changing the existing voting system for those elections.

We first hear from WBUR's Simon Rios, who lays out what's at stake with Question 2. We then take listener questions, and hear from advocates on both sides in a debate brought to you by WBUR and The McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston.

They are Evan Falchuk, chair of the Yes on 2 Campaign and a board member of Voter Choice MA, the advocacy group pushing the ballot initiative; and Jennifer Braceras, a board member at the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, representing the "no" side.

This segment aired on October 13, 2020.

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