A federal judge has rejected a challenge by Republican congressional candidate Bruce Poliquin to…
A federal judge has rejected a challenge by Republican congressional candidate Bruce Poliquin to Maine's ranked choice voting system. Maine allows voters to rank up to four candidates in order of preference, giving them more ways to express their preferences. The judge said the system was “motivated by a desire to enable third-party and non-party candidates to participate in the political process, and to enable their supporters to express support, without producing the spoiler effect.”
Judge tosses suit by Maine GOP congressman who lost election
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system. Democrat Jared Golden defeated Bruce Poliquin in the November contest, which allowed voters to rank up to four candidates. Poliquin won the most votes but failed to get a majority. Votes cast for two trailing candidates were then reassigned to voters' second choices, which swung the election to Golden. Poliquin then filed a lawsuit alleging that the new balloting system, also called ranked choice, violated the U.S. Constitution.