Posted by Ashley Houghton on September 08, 2020 at 3:56 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jen Lancaster, Communications Manager
League of Women Voters of Maine
Ashley Houghton, Communications Director
League of Women Voters of Maine and FairVote Statements in Response to Supreme Court Ranked Choice Voting Ballot Measure Decision in Maine
September 8, 2020 –The League of Women Voters of Maine celebrated the Maine Supreme Court’s emergency ruling today that clarified that, as of now, there will be not be a November referendum on ranked choice voting for presidential elections -- and that, as a result, the system will be in place in a presidential contest with five candidates. The legal issue involves whether referendum proponents have secured enough valid signatures to be added to the ballot.
“Mainers already fought for their right to ranked choice voting twice,” responded Anna Kellar, Executive Director for The League of Women Voters. “We’re grateful that, at least for now, Mainers will be able to rank candidates this fall, from the State House to the President of the United States.”
FairVote, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for electoral reform in the United States, added a national perspective.
“Mainers have led a groundswell of support across the country for ranked choice voting,” added Rob Richie, President and CEO of FairVote. “Voters deserve a meaningful choice at the polls, and Mainers are going to model for the rest of the United States what that looks like in action in our nation’s most high-profile election: the presidency.”
Ranked choice voting saw its first statewide use in Maine in 2018. Five cities used ranked choice voting for the first time in 2019, and New York City adopted it with 74% in favor. In 2020, the Democratic Party used ranked choice voting successfully in five presidential primaries and caucuses, and Republicans used it to nominate candidates for statewide office and Congress in Indiana, Utah and Virginia.
Ballots are scheduled to be printed this month to ensure compliance with the MOVE Act, pending additional court battles. For more information about how to cast a ranked choice ballot, visit the RCV resource page on League of Women Voters of Maine.
The League of Women Voters of Maine is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.