2021 Boston Mayoral Race

Bananarama

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Between this, her proposals to reform the zoning laws, and being the largest threat to the BPPA union on the ticket, Campbell is slowly winning me over.
 

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The number of mayoral candidates shows why we need ranked choice voting in Massachusetts. I'm upset that voters turned down that proposal.
Agreed, but Boston could implement ranked choice voting for mayor (and for all municipal elections) without a state-wide initiative. The MA ballot initiative from 2020 related to State (and some County) elections but not municipal elections, so it wouldn't even have had an effect on Boston's mayoral elections. Cambridge, for example, has used ranked choice voting for municipal elections for 80 years, and other municipalities in MA used to use it too but got rid of it in the last century out of fear of electing communists.

Also the non-partisan preliminary election for mayor is a bit more "rank-y" than if there were a conventional partisan primary and general.
 
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Also the non-partisan preliminary election for mayor is a bit more "rank-y" than if there were a conventional partisan primary and general.
Recent house primary elections in the 3rd and 4th districts have had huge fields where ranked choice would be perferrable.

But yes for mayoral elections it can happen without a ballot initiative. And it should, ranked choice voting makes much more sense than first past the post.
 

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