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File #: 19-0128R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Ranked Choice Voting or Open Primaries
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 1/14/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 1/14/2019
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - Ranked Choice Voting or Open Primaries For the purpose of calling on the General Assembly to pass and the Governor to sign HB26, which authorizes Baltimore City to adopt either a ranked choice or open primary election voting system, to ensure inclusive and democratic elections for City officials.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, Brandon M. Scott, Ryan Dorsey, Zeke Cohen, Shannon Sneed, Kristerfer Burnett, President Young, Robert Stokes, Sr., John T. Bullock, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Request for State Action
Attachments: 1. 19-0128R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_19-0128R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmembers Henry and Scott

A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for State Action - Ranked Choice Voting or Open Primaries
For the purpose of calling on the General Assembly to pass and the Governor to sign HB26, which authorizes Baltimore City to adopt either a ranked choice or open primary election voting system, to ensure inclusive and democratic elections for City officials.
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Baltimore, unlike most major cities, selects party candidates for the general election through partisan primaries. Since Baltimore voters are overwhelmingly registered Democrats and no
non-Democrat has been elected to a major City office for decades, this effectively means that the
preferences of Baltimore's thousands of non-Democratic voters have no impact on the selection
of our elected officials.

Equally troubling, the fact that a primary candidate can secure the nomination and the party's sole spot on the general election ballot, with a plurality of votes rather than an outright majority, means that in a crowded field of candidates the party nomination can easily go to someone who a majority of primary voters actually voted against. Under these circumstances, we could find ourselves in a city of well over half a million being governed by people who were the first choice of only a few thousand residents - a profoundly anti...

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