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Big news for ranked choice voting in this week's media roundup

Big news for ranked choice voting in this week's media roundup

With Maine's successful ranked choice voting election, there was a lot of news this week...

Ballots arrives at State House for first ranked choice voting count Maine Public Radio (June 14, 2018)
State election officials say they will verify the results of the GOP primary for governor and the Dem primary for CD 2 to confirm that Shawn Moody and Jared Golden won by a majority.

Give ranked voting a shot. Our democracy would benefit, The Washington Post (June 14, 2018)
Editorial strongly supporting ranked choice voting.

In praise of ranked-choice voting, The Economist (June 14, 2018)
Editorial supports ranked choice voting as a solution to America’s dysfunctional and hyper-partisan politics.

Our View: Ranked-choice test run makes electoral history in Maine, Portland Press Herald (June 14, 2018)
Editorial supporting RCV from the largest newspaper in Maine.

A New Choice, Slate (June 14, 2018)
Column from Yascha Mounk, expert on the crisis of liberal democracy, says Maine’s experiment in ranked-choice voting is a rare cause for optimism about our democracy.

Pulling Rank in Maine, Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie (June 14, 2018)
Podcast by NPR political reporter with Rob Richie, discussing ranked choice voting and how it works.

First test of ranked-choice voting makes history, Kennebec Journal (June 14, 2018)
Editorial: Ranked choice voting in Maine will result in a nominee that appeals to the electorate.

Winners and losers: Trump is the big winner in Tuesday’s primaries, Washington Post (June 13, 2018)
Analysis from ‘The Fix’ politics blog. Scroll down a bit; second on the “winners” list is RCV.

Maine voters override lawmakers, say they want new way of choosing candidates, HuffPost (June 13, 2018)
Coverage of the Question 1 results. “Maine voters have twice collected signatures and voted for Ranked Choice Voting at the ballot box because they know that our political system isn’t working like it should and we have the power to fix it,” said Kyle Bailey, campaign manager for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, the group that led the effort to support the ballot measure. 

Success of ranked choice ballot question seen as ‘turning point’ in election history, Portland Press Herald (June 13, 2018)
The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting’s Dick Woodbury says “Just about everything that is wrong is nudged in a better direction by this reform.”

Voters are taking on the challenge to make elections more fair, Boston Globe (June 13, 2018)
Op-ed by FairVote senior fellow David Daley on the populist movement to strengthen our democracy.

Turnout high for historic Maine election, WABI-TV CBS (June 13, 2018)
Bangor CBS affiliate broadcasts news segment on voter turnout in Maine primary.         

New voting system credited for strong turnout for Maine primaries, Portland Press Herald (June 12, 2018)
Early election coverage reports strong turnout in Maine’s first statewide use of RCV.

In Maine, casting ballots with, and on, ranked-choice voting, ABC News (June 12, 2018)
News story examines ranked choice voting and gives a brief history of the voting system in Maine. Rob Richie is quoted.

Maine set for groundbreaking voting experiment on Tuesday, CNN (June 11, 2018)
News: Maine voters will make history by using ranked choice voting in statewide primaries for the first time today. Rob Richie is quoted.

As Australia and the Oscars Go, So Goes Maine? The New York Times (June 11, 2018)
Article: Maine, for the first time, will become the first American state in modern times to use ranked choice voting statewide in multiple races. Rob Richie is quoted.

Ranked-Choice Voting System Faces Big Test in Maine Primary,  Associated Press in The New York Times (June 12, 2018)
News: Maine residents are using ranked-choice voting for the first time on Tuesday and deciding whether to keep the voting system in place for the November general election.

Maine voters blew up their voting system and started from scratch, Vox (June 12, 2018)
News: Maine’s first use of ranked choice voting is reported, how RCV works and the history of the fight to uphold the will of the voters is included. Rob Richie is quoted.

… and finally,

Election experts warn Maine’s voting system leads to greater rise of getting finger pinched by live lobster stuffed into ballot box The Onion (June 12, 2018)


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