Election Process

The Making Democracy Work (MDW) committee studies and monitors the election process in Montgomery County, Maryland, and nationwide. Small groups of LWV members study and research an issue then produce a Fact Sheet summarizing the information. League members discuss the findings. In some cases, these discussions lead to consensus on a new or revised League position, which then forms the basis of our public advocacy. In other cases, the study is just educational – providing background on an issue of interest.

Election Process Studies by the Montgomery County and Maryland Leagues:

  • Primary Election Process in Maryland. Maryland is a closed primary state. The State League (LWVMD) conducted a two-year study between 2015-2017 to determine if voters would be better served by a more open primary system. 2017 - Primary Election Fact Sheet
  • Legislative Delegate Districts in Maryland - Single Member or Multi Member? State League (LWVMD) study conducted from 2015-2016 that studied whether voters in Maryland are better represented by a single Delegate from their Legislative District or by multiple members (two or three) that is currently the practice in many of Maryland's 47 Legislative Districts. Fact Sheet FS 2016-11 LWVMD Study on Legislative Delegate Districts in MD
  • Maryland Election Process Study, Part 2 State League (LWVMD) study conducted from 2013-2014 that looked at aspects of absentee voting, signature verification of absentee ballots, requirements of filing as a candidate by petition, use of electronic devices in the polling place, and alternative voting systems such as the use of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) in local special elections and local non-partisan elections. Fact Sheet FS 2014-03 LWVMD Election Process Study Part 2
  • Update of Maryland Election Process Study – 2012 State League (LWVMD) study conducted from 2012-2013 that looked at absentee ballots and online delivery, process for filing as a write-in candidate, third parties and third-party candidates, early voting, voter registration (election day registration and compliance with Motor-Voter law), neutral ballot order, voter registrars, candidate filing fees, and polling places. 2013 - LWVMD Fact Sheet: Election Process 2013 Update - Final Fact Sheet
  • Alternative Election Study: Counting Votes So Every Vote Counts, Part I, December 2007 and Part 11, May 2008 LWVMC study of alternatives such as instant run-off voting, single transferrable voting, cumulative/weighted voting, limited voting as well as criteria for evaluating of an election method. Fact Sheet FS 2007-12 & 2008-05 Alternative Election Study Parts 1 & II
  • 2016 Primary Election: What's New or Different? How Does LWVMC Encourage and Educate Voters? Fact Sheet FS 2016-04 PRIMARY ELECTION 2016

Participation on Task Forces

League Public Policy Positions on the Election Process