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Support the "For the People Act" in the U.S. Senate!

The "For The People Act" of 2019 is a bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives, with 225 cosponsors, to expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics.

It has now been introduced in the Senate You can register your support for the Act at the following link:

Support the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate!

Ranked Choice Voting

Images of Ranked Choice buttonsOn March 28, theLeague of Women Voters Cape Cod Area Presented A Forum on Ranked Choice Voting
(A Simple Change to the Way We Vote)


If you missed the forum, here's a link to a LWVMA page with a presentation by Adam Friedman, Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts, that'svery similar to the presentation at our March 28 forum on the subject.

Ranked Choice Voting Webinar at LWVMA

On Thursday, March 28, we hosted Joel Paul of Voter Choice Mass, followed by Q&A with the audience.
In most elections today, you pick one candidate.
With Ranked Choice Voting, you can rank multiple candidates in the order you prefer them -- 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, and so on. If your 1st choice can't win, your vote instantly counts toward your backup choice. With RCV, your vote stays in play until one candidate wins with a majority -- more than 50% -- of the vote. If used for Massachusetts elections, Ranked Choice Voting would bring more voices and choices into our political process and ensure outcomes that more accurately reflect the will of the voters.

SD1800/HD1999, "An Act Providing a Local Option for Ranked Choice Voting in Municipal Elections." has been filed by Senator Rebecca L. Rausch (D-Needham) and Representative Jennifer E. Benson (D-Lunenburg). This legislation would make it easier for cities and towns to adopt RCV for their local elections.

SD768/HD815 "An Act Relative to Ranked Choice Voting", has been filed in the Senate by Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester) and in the House by Representative Andy X. Vargas (D-Haverhill) and Representative Adrian C. Madaro (D-Boston). This legislation was introduced for the first time this session and would implement RCV for all state and federal races (excluding presidential races) beginning in the September 2022 primary.

The League of Women Voters presents unbiased, nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process and issues. We sponsor forums and discussions, and encourage voter registration. Visit us at http://www.lwvcapecod.org