Maine Approved Ranked Choice Voting, Now Its Gov’t Won’t Implement It

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Maine's Supreme Court ruled that ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional, and the legislature has placed it on hold.

Fed up with the prospect of choosing between the "lesser of two evils" each election, Maine voters approved a ballot initiative in 2016 that would switch the state to a ranked-choice system:

Any candidates who capture a majority outright are winners. But if nobody gains a majority, the lowest vote-getter is dropped, and voters who picked that candidate first have those votes go to their next highest choice. The candidates are all re-ranked until someone emerges with a majority.

Though the measure was successful, it has faced challenges moving forward, with Maine's Supreme Court ruling ranked-choice unconstitutional, and the state legislature voting to put a hold on its implementation.

Residents have until February 5 to enact a "people's veto" that could lead to overturning the hold.

As for Governor Paul LePage:

Mr. LePage did not support of the measure, and has delayed its implementation until 2021, with a provision that it will be automatically repealed if it’s not in line with the state constitution.

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