Gov. LePage says he 'probably' won't certify election results
AUGUSTA (BDN/AP) -- Gov. Paul LePage threatened to not certify election results, but the secretary of state says it doesn’t matter.
Gov. LePage on Tuesday says he "probably" won't certify results from the voter-approved ranked-choice voting system.
Maine law requires the secretary of state to tabulate results and get them to the governor within 20 days of an election. The governor “shall” certify them within a reasonable time period, but Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, a Democrat, said this only applies to state general elections and not primaries.
“He can bluster all he wants, but he can’t change the results,” Dunlap said.
A spokesman for the ranked-choice voting campaign said it's outrageous that a governor would question the validity of election results.
LePage's office told The Associated Press that "voters need to vote" Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Maine voters are deciding who will face off in November gubernatorial and legislative elections. Voters will also decide whether to keep ranked-choice voting for future primaries and federal elections.