Massachusetts Instant Run-Off Voting Initiative (2010)

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The Massachusetts Instant Run-Off Voting Initiative did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Massachusetts.[1]


The summary of the ballot measure read as follows:[1]

This proposed law would create a system for primary and general elections for certain offices under which, if three or more candidates were on the ballot for a covered office, a voter could rank, in order of preference, as many candidates as the voter desired, by marking numbered ovals next to candidates’ names. When the ballots were counted, each candidate would be credited with one vote for each ballot on which the candidate was ranked as the first choice. Then the candidate credited with the fewest first-choice votes would be eliminated, and the remaining candidates would advance to the next round of counting. Each ballot initially counted as a vote for an eliminated candidate would then be re-counted, and the highest-ranked remaining candidate marked on that ballot would be credited with another vote. This process would be repeated as many times as necessary until two candidates remained. At that point, the candidate with the most votes would be declared the winner.
The system would apply to primary and general elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Commonwealth, State Treasurer, State Auditor, State Representative, State Senator, Representative in Congress, and United States Senator.
The proposed law would call this system “instant runoff voting.” The Secretary of the Commonwealth would be required to issue regulations to make the ballot design and instructions simple and easy to understand, and to conduct a voter education campaign and train poll workers to ensure familiarity with the system. The Secretary would have to ensure that all voting equipment in the state could accommodate instant runoff voting. The number of votes credited to each candidate in each round of counting would be made publicly available along with the final vote count.
The proposed law would apply to elections held after January 1, 2012.

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