November 8, 2016, Maine became the first state to adopt ranked choice voting for the election of its governor, members of Congress, and state legislature. Maine has a long history of independent thinkers in local, state, and national offices. The state also has a large number of independent voters that have elected governors, U.S. senators, and state legislatures from a variety of parties. the state has had multi-candidate races for governor, with only one of the last five races won with more than 50% of the vote.
Ranked choice voting was first introduced in 2011 to Maine voters in Portland. A citizen-led grassroots organization spearheaded the winning campaign in 2016 to promote majority winners in statewide elections using ranked choice voting. You can learn more about the effort to adopt ranked choice voting in Maine by visiting our Spotlight on Maine.