Where We Stand
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.
The League believes 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.
- LWVDC 2014 Study Report on Elections Systems in the District of Columbia >>
- Fair Vote's 2015 Report on Ranked-Choice Voting in Practice >>
Articles on Ranked Choice Voting in the District of Columbia
- The Editorial Board (January 10,2015) Instant-runoff voting would make D.C. races more competitive, The Washington Post
- Davis, Claire (January 06. 2015) Washington, D.C. Will Consider Ranked-Choice Voting for Local Elections, Fair Vote Blog
- Richie, Rob (October 23, 2015) Let’s move beyond winner-take-all elections, The Washington Post
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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