BREAKING NEWS: Ranked-choice voting will be used for June primaries, Maine supreme court rules, as reported in the Portland Press Herald, April 17, 2018
That's it. We will have ranked choice voting in the Republican and Democratic primaries for governor, in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District, and in the Republican primary for State Representative in District 75 (Turner, Leeds, Livermore).
Senate Republicans sued the Secretary of State to stop ranked choice voting, but the suit failed. The Secretary of State, represented by attorneys from the office of the Attorney General, argued that it should go forward, and so it will. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments last Thursday, and they put this on a fast track. You can read the League's amicus brief here. All the other court records are also available online. Final proofing of ballots for the June 12 primary is on deadline for April 20 at the latest.
Key factors in the case were rebalanced last week when Secretary of State Matt Dunlap sent a letter to the Legislature on April 9 explaining that he didn't need any more money from the legislature to implement RCV for the June primary. At oral argument in court on Thursday, the justices seemed skeptical of the Senate's case. But you never know ....
Elections matter. Let's work together to get this right.
Elections matter; let's get to work; let's get this right.
Read more about our new project, Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting.
The League has issued a set of Guiding Principles for RCV, applying core election standards to upcoming ranked choice voting elections in Maine.
Read the League's April 6 cover letter to the Secretary of State and our comments on the proposed rules for implementing RCV.
Read more about the legislative and legal background.
Watch this cool video that shows how RCV works.
✓ Eliminates spoilers and strategic voting: Ranked choice voting allows voters to support their favorite candidate without worrying that they might "throw their vote away," or worse, split their votes with like‐minded voters and unintentionally help elect the candidate they like the least.
✓ Reduces negative campaigning: Candidates running in ranked choice elections must ask for second and, sometimes, third choice rankings. Voters are less likely to rank a candidate highly who is negative toward their preferred candidate.
✓ Reduces the influence of money in politics: Campaigns and special interest groups spend a lot of money on negative advertising. By making negative advertising less effective, ranked choice voting reduces the need for, and influence of, money in politics.
✓ 11 cities across the United States currently use ranked choice voting to elect city officers, including Portland, Maine. Also San Francisco, Cambridge, and Minneapolis.
✓ 5 states provide military and overseas voters with ranked choice ballots to participate in federal runoff elections.
✓ 4 countries, including Australia, Ireland, Malta, and New Zealand, use ranked choice voting in federal elections.
✓ Numerous public and private sector organizations, including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, use ranked choice voting for their elections.
Read more about who uses RCV.
The League's Position on Ranked Choice Voting, also called Instant Run-off Voting
The League's 2008 - 2011 Study materials on RCV then called Instant Run-off Voting