ranked choice voting


Secretary of State Matt Dunlap explains how ranked-choice voting will work in the upcoming elections and also discusses election integrity.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawyers for the state and for the Maine Republican Party will argue later this month on whether the GOP will have to use ranked choice voting in the June primary.
The state Supreme Court already allowed the system to move forward but the new lawsuit is in federal court. Arguments are scheduled for May 23.
The lawsuit against Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap seeks an injunction to prevent the use of ranked choice voting to decide Republican winners on June 12.

Joel Page / AP Photo

Maine Republicans have filed another legal challenge targeting ranked-choice voting, the new tabulation system that is to be used in the June primary election.

Month in Review: News Headlines of April 2018

Apr 30, 2018

Our panel discusses the news that made Maine headlines in April, from the latest on ranked-choice voting to the hunt for the killer of a sheriff’s deputy and the latest developments from the State House as the Legislature tries to wrap up the session.

The Maine Supreme Court has appeared to clear the way for a first of its kind election. The court Tuesday removed the final roadblock to implementing ranked-choice voting for the June primaries. Ranked-choice advocates say the court's opinion will preempt the kind of legal challenges that have followed the law ever since voters enacted it nearly two years ago. But others warn that additional litigation looms.

Toby Talbot / Associated Press

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court says the nation’s first statewide ranked-choice voting election can go forward in the June primaries.

Tom Porter / Maine Public File

The people's veto campaign to overturn a law that would eventually repeal Maine's landmark ranked-choice voting system has qualified for the June ballot.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Advocates of ranked choice voting are celebrating today, as they submitted signatures that restore a law passed two years ago in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill to delay ranked-choice voting has become law without the signature of Maine Gov. Paul LePage.
A spokeswoman for the Republican governor confirmed Monday that LePage declined to sign the bill that delays implementing the new law until at least 2021.
Mainers approved the election system that allows voters to rank their top candidate choices rather than just picking one.

Dozens of supporters of a landmark ranked choice voting system urged lawmakers not to scuttle the voter-approved law during a public hearing at the State House Friday.

They told the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee that the Legislature should pass a constitutional amendment so that the law can be fully implemented.

Cara Brown McCormick helped lead the ranked choice ballot initiative approved by voters last year. She said it was disingenuous for lawmakers to use a recent Maine Supreme Court opinion as cover to repeal the entire law.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine’s first-in-the-nation ranked-choice voting law is under threat, and advocates of the election reform law know it. Around 50 of them gathered at the State House Thursday to rally against a repeal effort in the Legislature that has a good chance of succeeding.

Month in Review

May 31, 2017

Why doesn’t Governor LePage want you to know the way to Katahdin national monument?  What’s the latest on ranked choice voting? How much work does the legislature have left to get done?  Our panel discusses all the news that made headlines in May.


Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East magazine

Greg Kesich, Editorial Page Editor, Portland Press Herald/ Maine Sunday Telegram

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Legislature is taking steps that could undo the voter-approved new system for elections.
The Legislative Council on Thursday voted to allowed lawmakers to consider two new bills over the coming weeks.
The Maine State Supreme Judicial Court said this week that a new system allowing voters to rank their top candidate picks runs afoul of the Maine Constitution.

Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

The Maine Supreme Court has issued an advisory opinion Tuesday that the state’s new ranked-choice voting law conflicts with the state constitution. Debate is now growing over what happens next.

Mal Leary / Maine Public/file

Maine’s ranked-choice voting law had its day in court Thursday.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments that could determine the fate of the citizen initiative passed by voters in November. The court’s views on the constitutionality of the law will likely influence legislators to either keep the first-in-the-nation system, ditch it altogether or try to amend the constitution.