Ranked choice voting is a voting process that allows registered citizens to rank candidates by their choice. Last year, this initiative was defeated on the Massachusetts state level, however in Amherst, more than three quarters of its residents voted in favor. Now, Amherst is pushing to approve ranked choice voting in time for November elections. Dara Kennedy and Maya Shwayder will explore the pros and cons of ranked choice voting.
Tanya Leise, a professor of mathematics at Amherst College and former chair of the Ranked Choice Voting Committee, explains in detail what ranked choice voting is and how the town could implement it.
Anthony Amore, former 2018 Secretary of State candidate, discusses the pitfalls ranked choice voting presents.
Amherst City Councilor-at-large Mandi Jo Hanneke will talk about the impending deadline for the town to adopt ranked choice voting for elections this fall.