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Easthampton To Continue Ranked-Choice Voting Education After Election Results

A sign supporting ranked choice voting in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
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A sign supporting ranked choice voting in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

The mayor of Easthampton, Massachusetts, said the city will provide more education around ranked-choice voting before it's implemented.

By substantial margins, voters in Easthampton approved the ballot question authorizing ranked-choice voting for mayor and some city councilors.

The process allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

Mayor Nicole LaChapelle said the city had already begun educating residents about how it works.

In the run-up to the election, Easthampton voters had the opportunity to rank their favorite elements of fall, like changing leaves.

LaChapelle said techniques like that will continue.

"We'll do some — literally — ballot-based trainings and information sessions with the public at the Council on Aging, in the community center, in the schools, and have some hearing forms where folks practice ranked-choice voting," she said.

LaChapelle said she expects ranked-choice voting will be in place in Easthampton for the 2021 municipal election.

Cambridge is the only Massachusetts community that currently offers it.

Before joining New England Public Media, Alden was a producer for the CBS NEWS program 60 Minutes. In that role, he covered topics ranging from art, music and medicine to business, education, and politics. Working with correspondent Morley Safer, he reported from locations across the United States as well as from India, Costa Rica, Italy, and Iraq.
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