Voices & Choices

Media round-up for Dec. 28, 2018

Media round-up for Dec. 28, 2018

Press hits

Maine Republican drops challenge to state’s new vote system, conceding House race New York Times
U.S. Rep Bruce Poliquin ends his lawsuit challenging ranked choice voting in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, paving the way for Congressman-elect Jared Golden to take the seat.  

Mills’ election as governor voted Maine’s top story in 2018 Associated Press
AP also named the state’s use of ranked choice voting in the primaries and congressional genera l elections in the top 5 stories of the year.

At least 4 Utah cities may experiment with a new kind of voting system FOX13 (UT)
West Jordan, Vineyard, Lehi and Salem have stated an intent to try ranked choice voting in 2019, with the deadline to opt-in on Dec. 31.

Don’t try this again, Democrats The Washington Post
Staff editorial: “The New Jersey episode highlights the difficulty of fighting gerrymandering when elected leaders are tempted to choose their own voters.”

 

Opinion

Noise aside, the fact is that Jared Golden won in Maine’s 2nd District Portland Press Herald
Staff editorial: “All the unsubstantiated claims and false alarms could not drown out the simple facts: Golden won the 2nd District congressional race using the rules chosen by Maine voters, and those rules are constitutional.”

HR1 is a start but we must do more for nonpartisan electoral reform The Hill
Column by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter, co-chairs of the Association of Nonpartisan Reformers, name ranked choice voting in Maine and gerrymandering reforms in several states as examples of voters putting country over party.

 

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