| Meagan Flynn | Washington Post |

A ballot initiative that would bring ranked-choice voting to D.C. and allow independent voters to participate in party primaries cleared its first hurdle Friday after the District’s elections board voted to allow it to move forward.

The Make All Votes Count Act of 2024 seeks to change how residents cast votes in elections and would enable more than 80,000 people registered as “unaffiliated” with a party to participate in primaries, which are closed to those voters.

Fight disenfranchisement

“We should do all we can to fight against that disenfranchisement,” said Nolan DiFrancesco, one of the many D.C. residents who testified in support of the initiative.

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