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Boston Globe: 3rd District primary the “perfect advertisement” for ranked choice voting

Boston Globe: 3rd District primary the “perfect advertisement” for ranked choice voting

After calling for Massachusetts to adopt ranked choice voting in an editorial last month, The Boston Globe once again came out strong for RCV.

The impetus came from Tuesday’s primaries, specifically the 10-way Democratic race for the 3rd Congressional District.

From an editorial the Globe published on Wednesday:

“It’s hard to imagine a better advertisement for ranked-choice voting than this race, which featured an unusually diverse, high-caliber field.”

The results drove that point home, with Lori Trahan emerging the victor by a 52-vote margin over second-place finisher Dan Koh, each securing just over 21 percent of the votes.

As the paper’s editorial board pointed out, this means fewer than a quarter of the 84,872 voters who cast ballots in the primary picked Trahan. More than 40,000 people chose someone other than Koh or Trahan.

Calling for the state legislature to renew its prior attempts to enact RCV, the Globe concluded,

“It’s no knock on Trahan, who earned her apparent win. But a more satisfying result for voters — and the candidates — would have been a system that gave them a better way to signal their preferences with such a large and talented field.”

Read the full editorial here.

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