Councilmember to Push Instant-Runoff Voting in D.C.

WASHINGTON — A D.C. councilmember wants to change the way the city elects its local leaders to boost voter participation and ensure that candidates don’t win with less than a majority.

Independent Councilmember David Grosso says he’ll introduce a bill on Tuesday calling for the city to implement instant-runoff voting. That’s a system under which voters rank their preferred candidates to ensure the winner ends up with more than 50 percent support.

Some recent council races have been won with less than 30 percent of the vote, and Grosso believes this year’s Democratic mayoral primary winner could get 40 percent or less.

Grosso’s bill would also open the District of Columbia’s primaries to voters from all parties. He says it’s unfair that non-Democrats traditionally haven’t had a voice in mayoral elections.

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