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Ranked-choice voting results expected Wednesday

Maine election officials expect to announce the results in the nation's first statewide primaries to use ranked-choice voting. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Maine election officials expect to announce the results in the nation's first statewide primaries to use ranked-choice voting on Wednesday.

It’s been just over a week since the primaries and officials say Wednesday should be the day the results are announced for this historic ranked-choice election.

Clerks are continuing with the certification process, double checking that all their calculations match up with each county.

Officials had a setback Tuesday after a few voting memory sticks would not loading into the computer. So, a courier was sent to collect the paper ballots from five towns.

By Tuesday afternoon, tabulators had those ballots in hand.

During the ranked-choice process, election officials will eliminate the last-place candidate, reallocate those votes, and repeat the process of elimination until there is a majority winner.

Voters are waiting for a Democratic nominee for governor. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills stopped by to watch the clerks at work.

"I just wanted to spend a few minutes eyeballing it and listening, see how the process works. It's hard to understand unless you're there looking at it and listening, so I have a better idea right now,” Mills said.

"We're hoping to be able to run the actual tabulation later today and we'll be announcing that when we're ready,” Director of Communications for the Secretary of State's Office Kristen Muszynski said.

The Secretary of State's Office says they’ll notify everyone in advance when the results will be announced.

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