Posted by Michelle C. Whittaker on January 07, 2017
Today ranked choice voting officially goes into effect in Maine. History was made in November 2016 when voters said “Yes!” to better elections in a 52%-48% vote. Maine is the first state to adopt ranked choice voting for primary and general statewide elections for governor, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and the state legislature.
Maine is taking the lead toward "a more perfect union" by giving voters better choices and a stronger voice to elect leaders. With ranked choice voting, voters can rank candidates in order of preference -- putting the power in the hands of the people. A dozen cities and nearly 3 million voters already using ranked choice voting and FairVote’s analysis shows that voters often rank two or more candidates.
For many the grueling 2016 elections left voters looking for a better way to elect leaders that didn’t reduce their choices to the “lesser of two evils.” This is why thousands of folks have signed up to learn more about ranked choice and self-organizing groups have formed in over 20 states. Folks are looking at ways to introduce ranked choice voting for local, state, and federal elections.
Maine will hold their first ranked choice voting elections in June 2018. For now, volunteers and supporters in Maine will roll up their sleeves to begin the critical work of implementation.
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