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Charter Review Commission Turns Attention to City Elections

Commission Launches Online Questionnaire and Sets Town Hall Meeting for March

Rockville’s Charter Review Commission is asking city residents for ideas about how to increase voter turnout, update the city’s election process and engage more communities.

The commission is using an online questionnaire, and will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 to gather community input about how to improve city elections for all. Save the date for the town hall meeting and watch the city’s online calendar and social media for more details.

The questionnaire, at www.rockvillemd.gov/Charter-Review-Commission, presents a unique opportunity to share thoughts with the commission and help create meaningful change for the next decade. Responses will inform the commission’s ongoing work. The deadline for responses is Friday, March 25.

Every decade 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.

About 70% of registered voters in Rockville did not vote in the city’s 2019 election. The next city election is in November 2023.

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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