Support Ranked Choice Voting

A proposed Maryland state bill (MC 29-19) would enable Montgomery County to investigate and, if it chooses, adopt ranked choice voting (RCV) or approval voting for election of county offices. To make it to the floor of the House, the bill must receive strong support from the Montgomery County (MC) delegation to the State Legislature. 

DTMG Executive Director, Barbara Noveau, testified before a meeting of the MC delegation; you can read her testimony here. You can lend your support by urging your MC State Delegates to approve the bill to enable Montgomery County to consider and potentially implement ranked choice or approval voting for certain county elections. You can also contact County Council members to express your support for majority voting in Montgomery County.

Data from localities that have implemented it show that elections using RCV are popular with voters, increase representation from women and people of color, and are less divisive and less negative than plurality elections.  A full report is available here.  

RCV is supported by local grass roots groups including DTMG, the Woman’s Democratic Club, and the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County Maryland, as well as the New York Times and the Washington Post.  You can view a video of the December 15 panel session with the group RCV for Maryland.

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