Ranked choice voting is a way for us, as voters, to show our support for multiple candidates on our ballots. Ranked choice voting gives us greater choice and a stronger voice in who represents us.
In ranked choice voting elections, the candidate who reflects the views of the widest number of voters wins. Even in crowded fields, similar candidates can compete without splitting votes. Whether Republican, Democrat, independent or third-party, voters never have to worry about the “spoiler effect.”
Takoma Park is currently the only jurisdiction in Maryland using ranked ballots – since 2006.
Montgomery County and Baltimore City have introduced enabling legislation in General Assembly sessions.
Across the country, 22 jurisdictions nationwide used ranked choice voting in their most recent election, and 53 jurisdictions expect to use it in their next election or the one following.
Ranked Choice Voting Maryland (RCV Maryland) is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition seeking to build a more effective, representative democracy through ranked choice voting elections. We are a collective of activists and supporting organizations seeking to modernize Maryland’s voting systems at the city, county, and state level. RCV Maryland formed to galvanize public and political support for better voting methods after a history of crowded primaries, a lack of fair representation, and low plurality winners.
RCV Maryland is fiscally sponsored by Represent Women, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Maryland.