The presence of dielectric charging in a switch causes stiction and drift in pull-in voltage. A design to alleviate charging issues for RF MEMS switches is proposed. An RF MEMS capacitive switch has been fabricated and characterized. Measured pull-in of the switch is <20 V and pull-up voltage is 17 V with a switching time of 78 μs. Insertion loss and isolation of the switch are measured by varying RF power from 0 to 15 dBm at room temperature. Insertion loss and isolation of the switch are better than 0.1 and 17 dB, respectively. Resonant frequency of the device is 8.4 kHz. The switch has completed 600 million cycles. © 2018 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE).