ranked choice voting

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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.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's highest court is set to hear arguments on the constitutionality of an election overhaul approved by voters last fall.

Ranked-choice voting allows Maine residents to rank ballot choices from first to last and ensures that the winner gets a majority. But there are questions of constitutionality, and the Maine Senate asked the Supreme Judicial Court to weigh in.

Oral arguments were set for Thursday.

Nationwide, a dozen cities have adopted ranked-choice voting, and Maine voters became the first to endorse the system for statewide elections.

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Maine voters approved a measure this past fall to adopt a ranked-choice voting system for statewide elections. Now lawmakers who are trying to implement the new law are asking the Maine Supreme Court to weigh in on whether it’s constitutional.

Debate: Ballot Question 5

Oct 21, 2016

YOUR VOTE 2016 - BALLOT QUESTION 5 - We host a debate on Ballot Question 5 - An act to establish ranked-choice voting (live from our Lewiston studio)

Guests: Representing Yes on Question 5 - Kyle Bailey, Campaign Manager of the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting  

Representing No on Question 5 - Rep. Heather Sirocki of Scarborough  

This video from Minnesota Public Radio offers a clever explanation of how ranked choice voting works: Click here to view the video.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau has written Attorney General Janet Mills asking her opinion on whether the citizen initiative before the Legislature that would establish ranked choice voting in the state is constitutional.

“If the Attorney General were to come back with her opinion being that it is in violation of the constitution, that may be the next logical step, reaching out to the Supreme Court.” Thibodeau says.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A top election official says a ballot question that would provide ranked-choice voting in Maine elections could violate the state Constitution.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn says she's concerned that candidates elected under the system could be challenged in court if voters approve the ballot question.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine — Supporters of instant-runoff voting, sometimes called ranked-choice voting, have submitted nearly 70,000 signatures to initiate legislation in Maine that would require the process in electing members of Congress, the Legislature and the governor's office.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Unlike some other states, Maine doesn't require that a candidate for governor get more than 50 percent of the vote to win. In fact, since 1970, only three Maine governors have exceeded that threshold of support.