In 2017 the Marblehead Democratic Town Committee endorsed Ranked Choice Voting.
- The ballot initiative was filed with the office of Attorney General Maura Healey (D) on August 7, 2019.
- The initiative was cleared to circulate on September 4, 2019.
- The sponsors of the initiative reported submitting 130,000 signatures to local registrars on November 20, 2019.
- The sponsors of the initiative submitted 111,268 signatures on December 4, 2019. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin verified that more than 80,239 signatures were valid. The legislature has until May 5, 2020, to pass the ballot measure, or petitioners may gather a second round of signatures to place it on the 2020 ballot.