Ranked-Choice Voting

The League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia supports Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for partisan contests in both primary and general elections. 

Ranked Choice Voting assures that the winning candidate will obtain a majority vote.  We believe that this system, which enables voters to rank candidates by preference, provides voters more voice in elections and leads to more representative government.  With Ranked Choice Voting, the candidate with the broadest support of the voters is elected. Ranked Choice Voting also has the potential to lead to more informative campaigns that are issues-focused.   


Additional Information

Articles on Ranked Choice Voting in the District of Columbia

Legislation in Council

  • B21-0002 Instant Runoff Voting Amendment Act of 2015   - As introduced, the bill would make changes to the way votes are counted and winners are chosen in District elections for Mayoral, Council, and Attorney General contests. This bill will provide for an "instant runoff voting" or "ranked choice voting" system, where voters rank candidates by preference and the votes are counted in rounds. Status: Introduced.

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