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League of Women Voters of Maine Launches New Project to Educate Voters and Support Implementation of Ranked Choice Voting

Press Release March 5, 2018

The League is joined by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections in outreach efforts to ensure the smooth and successful implementation of ranked choice voting at the ballot box on June 12, 2018

Today, the Maine Secretary of State announced that he has certified the requisite number of signatures to restore the use of ranked choice voting in the June primary. Mainers will be casting their ballots using ranked choice voting in the June party primaries, making Maine the first state in the nation to use ranked choice voting in a statewide election.

To support the implementation of ranked choice voting (RCV) for the June 12th primary elections, the League of Women Voters of Maine is launching a new project, Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. In partnership with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. aims to make sure that voters have the information they need to use ranked choice voting in the upcoming election.

Jill Ward, President, League of Women Voters of Maine, said, "Elections matter. Let's get this right. As we look to June, let's work to preserve our faith in the democratic process. Let's make sure that Maine's elections continue to inspire public confidence through their accessibility, transparency and accuracy."

Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. will collaborate with civic groups, schools, social organizations, and service clubs to help ensure that members and stakeholders have the voting information they need to participate fully and effectively in the primary. Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. will also work with election administrators to ensure that the election meets or exceeds the highest standards of accuracy, transparency, and security.

Finally, Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. will work with candidates and others involved in campaigns to make sure that they have the information needed to develop effective strategies for running campaigns using RCV and for playing their role in educating voters

LWVME and the Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. project are entirely nonpartisan and do not endorse candidates or political parties. Through separate projects, LWVME and MCCE have endorsed the people's veto on the June election. However, the Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. project is exclusively educational, is not involved in the people's veto campaign, and will not advocate for or against the people's veto.

Voters can explore Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting. new website at: www.mainerankedchoice.vote to find out more about RCV. Please also visit www.LWVME.org. and www.mainecleanelections.org for information about the organizations behind this project.