Let’s make all votes count in DC!

We can change the game and make politicians work for everyone.

We’re a group of neighbors starting the process of letting DC residents vote on whether to make all votes count in DC. This initiative, if we get on the ballot and neighbors vote to approve it, would implement ranked choice voting and end voter disenfranchisement for nearly 71,000 independent voters in DC.

Learn more about ranked choice voting and opening the primaries to independent voters.

We need your help!

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Our goal: 30,000 signatures by July 8

We’re aiming to collect 30,000 signatures of DC voters by the end of June to get Initiative 83 on the November 2024 ballot.

How you can help

Sign the petition

You can find campaign staff and volunteers at grocery stores, metro stops, farmers markets, and festivals all spring. Please fill out the Sign the Petition online form, call the campaign office at 202-733-4640, or check out our social media accounts to connect with us.

Donate

Your donation will go towards hiring paid circulators to help us reach our goal before the deadline.

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Why we believe in Ballot Initiative #83

Uneeda Nichols

Why do you think DC needs Ballot Initiative #83?

“DC is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. A place where you should be able to be whoever you want to be. We should definitely be represented by people who align with our values. Since we are progressively growing, we need progressive representation. Initiative #83 represents that, allowing us to have the freedom of choice. Making all votes count is an awesome start.”

Frank Barr

How has your experience been on the campaign?

“My experience working on the campaign has been great. Many people are happy to sign the petition. Great team members and it gave me the opportunity to use my knowledge of the city.

Ryan Prince

What does Ballot Initiative #83 mean to you?

“Initiative 83 means making DC a better place to live. More democracy is always better than less!”

Slobodan Milic

“In the early 2000s, I worked on a campaign in Dublin, Ireland, for a member of the Irish Parliament. Ireland has ranked-choice voting, and I realized that this system incentivized candidates to reach out to all voters, and pushed them to identify what unites us, instead of endless rounds of negative campaigning.

“I think DC would greatly benefit from this system – one which promotes more democracy and less polarization.”

Do Washingtonians support Ballot Initiative #83?

Here’s what the polling says:

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Support ranked choice voting

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Strongly support ranked choice voting

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Support semi-open primaries

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Strongly support semi-open primaries

Why ranked choice voting?

Watch this video from FairVote to learn how ranked choice voting works and why it’s so important to implement it here in D.C.

Learn more about ranked choice voting.

Why open up DC’s primary elections to independent voters?

Watch this video from Fox 5 to hear Lisa D. T. Rice, proposer of Ballot Initiative #83, explain why opening the primaries to independents like herself means so much.

Learn more about opening the primaries to independents.

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