Maine again backs ranked-choice voting


Maine voters again endorsed ranked-choice voting, passing a ballot question that keeps alive the first-in-the-nation election system.

Ranked-choice voting is something members of the Republican Party and Governor Paul LePage did not want to pass.

The election system was initially approved in the November 2016 election, but was heavily contested by Republican lawmakers.

Supporters of the system launched a people's veto petition, allowing the question to appear on Tuesday’s ballot.

The Yes on 1 campaign manager Kyle Bailey released a statement Wednesday morning praising the protection of ranked-choice voting:

“This is a huge win for the Maine people. Maine voters have twice collected signatures and voted for Ranked Choice Voting at the ballot box because they know that our political system isn’t working like it should and we have the power to fix it.”

Maine is the first state to use ranked-choice voting in a state-wide election.

With the passage of Question 1, ranked-choice voting will continue to be used in Maine’s primary elections for governor, state senator, state representative, U.S. senator, and U.S. representative, and in the general elections for U.S. senator and U.S. representative.

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