Informational sessions explain how ranked-choice voting will work

Voting (WGME)

BIDDEFORD (WGME) –- In just a few weeks, Maine voters will get their first chance to use a new kind of ballot.

Ahead of the vote, the state is trying to explain how ranked-choice voting will work.

Ranked-choice voting has been in the works for a while, and now that it's here, there is a lot questions on what to expect at the polls and how ranked choice will be tabulated.

Starting Monday in Biddeford, a series of informational meetings will be open for people to learn more on the new voting system.

In ranked-choice voting, voters will rank candidates by preference.

The candidate with a majority will win.

If there is no majority winner, last place will be eliminated and the votes will be reallocated.

There are four informational sessions this month.

The first is in Biddeford on Monday, next in will be in Bangor on May 15, May 21 in Presque Isle, and on May 29 in Lewiston.

All meetings will go from 4 p.m. until 6 pm.

In addition to providing information about the polls and votes, the Secretary of State will also remind voters of the people's veto referendum question that will be on a separate ballot in June primaries.

For those who can’t make it to the sessions, there will be a Facebook live Q & A on May 24 at 6 p.m.

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