Massachusetts to decide on ranked-choice voting

Bay Staters are set to decide if the state will implement ranked-choice voting in most of its elections.

Ranked-choice voting, which would require people to cast ballots by listing candidates in order of favorite to least favorite, devises a method by which candidates must win more than 50% of the vote to declare victory. The Massachusetts version of the system, placed before voters in a ballot question this November, exempts presidential and some local elections from the system.

In the ranked-choice voting system, people cast their ballots, listing candidates in order of preference. If no candidate emerges with more than 50% of the vote, the ballots are examined again and
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