Posted by Rob Richie on March 03, 2017
Working with pro bono attorneys from Hogan Lovells and Akin Gump, FairVote was among an impressive group of organizations and experts that today filed briefs to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in response to the request for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting law passed by voters in 2016.
The briefs collectively make an exceptionally strong argument -- both on simply entertaining the question and on the substance of ranked choice voting being fully constitutional under state and federal law. Briefs were filed by the campaign group from last year, the League of Women Voters of Maine, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, a group of state legislators, and Marshall Tinkle, author of The Maine State Constitution that is widely considered the “reference guide” on Maine’s Constitution.
Here is a link to FairVote's brief.