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| Shawn Griffiths | Independent Voter News |

A DC Superior Court tossed a lawsuit Thursday that attempted to block a ballot initiative that would open the District of Columbia’s primary elections to independent voters and implement ranked choice voting in all city elections.

Initiative 83, spearheaded by Make All Votes Count DC, would allow 16% of the registered voters not affiliated with a political party to choose a party’s ballot in the primary. This amounts to over 73,000 voters.

A comprehensive approach

Currently the city uses taxpayer-funded closed partisan primaries. With ranked choice voting added, the reform initiative takes a comprehensive approach to enacting better elections in the nation’s capital.

Make All Votes Count DC needs to collect 30,000 signatures by July 8 to qualify for the November ballot.

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