Charter Review Commission Has Some Questions About City Elections

Online Questionnaire and Town Hall Meeting to Gather Community Input

Rockville’s Charter Review Commission will use an online questionnaire, and is planning a town hall meeting, to gather community input about how to improve city elections for all.

While the next City of Rockville election is not until 2023, the Charter Review Commission is asking Rockville residents to start thinking about how to increase voter turnout, update the city’s election process and engage more communities. About 70% of registered voters in Rockville did not vote in the city’s 2019 election.

The questionnaire presents a unique opportunity to share thoughts with the commission and help create meaningful change for the next decade. The commission will use the responses to inform its ongoing work and is planning a town hall meeting later this winter. Watch the city’s webpage and social media for details.
Find the questionnaire at www.rockvillemd.gov/Charter-Review-Commission. The deadline for responses is Friday, Feb. 11.

Every 10 years or so, the Charter Review Commission looks at ways to update the charter so that it best serves all residents. In 2021, the Mayor and Council appointed 11 commissioners to review the city’s charter, with a focus on examining city elections.

The charter is a legal document that is like a constitution. It outlines how the city is organized, runs elections, levies taxes, adopts ordinances, provides services and more. Find the charter at www.rockvillemd.gov/124/City-Code-Charter.

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