A challenge to a D.C. ranked-choice voting proposal is coming from the left, demonstrating that citizens and organizations across the political spectrum recognize the problems with ranked-choice voting. The D.C. Democratic Party filed a lawsuit earlier this month, arguing that the Make All Votes Count Act should be kept off the ballot in the 2024 election. The Washington Post reported:
This is not the first time that the D.C. Democratic Party has opposed ranked-choice voting. In 2021, the Party passed a resolution condemning another ranked-choice voting proposal on the following grounds:
- “The District faces a substantial challenge with undervoting which would be exacerbated by ranked choice voting.”
- “District wards are not equal when it comes to voter turnout.”
- “The VOICE Amendment Act’s method for electing candidates in a multi-winner race is confusing and creates distrust in the process.”
Opposing ranked-choice voting shouldn’t be a partisan issue. As Stop RCV points out:
It’s clear that the complexities created by ranked-choice voting are a concern for both major political parties. This lawsuit serves as a reminder that the fight to stop ranked-choice voting is bipartisan and going full steam ahead.