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Preparations advance in Maine for ranked choice voting in June primaries

Preparations advance in Maine for ranked choice voting in June primaries

On June 12, Maine is scheduled to use ranked choice voting (RCV) for all its federal and state primary elections, including a hotly contested four-way race for the Democratic nomination in the second congressional district and crowded primaries for both the Republican and Democratic nominations for governor. In an admirable process, the Maine Secretary of State and state election officials put out a draft plan for implementing RCV and solicited public comment. Here’s a link to the final version of our comments; among other comments, I was particularly impressed with the submission of the League of Women Voters of Maine. The League has joined with other civic groups for an educational project about RCV in these elections.

The state Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Maine’s use of RCV. I predict it will join a lower court in keeping RCV on track and that Maine voters will approve a referendum on June 12th to keep using RCV for primary and federal elections -- most of those voters will have had a chance to use it in their primaries, and most Mainers are disappointed that the legislature keeps acting to repeal or weaken initiatives approved by the people.

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