DC has two recurring election outcomes
that go against our values of
Freedom, Equity, and Solidarity:
1) Communities split their vote and weaken their collective power. Different communities cannot vote insolidarity with one another, because the incentives of our current voting system are toxic and ego-driven.
2) Elections are won with less than majority support. If a candidate wins with 30% of the vote, that means 70% of voters did not vote for them.
Who we elect as leaders determines what is possible and who has access to resources.
For too long, Black and brown communities have been displaced economically, culturally, and politically.
The people we elect should be incentivized to build coalitions that reflect the diversity of our city.
A ranked voting system can protect Black power against rising gentrification and displacement.
Ranked Voting is a simple change that gives you the power to rank your choices instead of choosing just one candidate.
If your favorite candidate doesn't win,
you vote automatically goes to your back-up choices.
Candidates have to win a real majority of the vote (over 50%) to win.
We can free ourselves to vote for who we really want!
Problems that RCV helps dissolve:
Worrying about "Electability"
Splitting the Vote
Having to pressure candidates to drop out
Vote shaming and voter apathy
Democratic party managing its "Big Tent"
Domination and Political Toxicity
Crowded Primaries producing non-majority candidates
Newcomers and outsiders in politics being shut out
RCV not only changes our elections, but also changes the culture of power and politics. It is the beginning of building a State of the Future that encourages candidates to campaign with a positive vision of the future and elects more women and people of color to positions of leadership.
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
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We're building a strong coalition of organizations and individuals across DC. If your organization or community wants to endorse, just sign our letter of support:
And if you'd like to be a part of organizing for this powerful change to our broken system, reach out: