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May 15 -- Ranked Choice Voting: How's It Working in 2020

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

Now available as a podcast from WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

May 15 -- Ranked Choice Voting: How's It Working in 2020

Our live programming at WERU is a casualty of the ongoing civil defense against COVID-19. Our loyal partners at WERU have taken steps to limit exposure for their volunteers and staff. We will be on the air as scheduled, Friday, May 15, at 4:00 p.m. with a new episode pre-recorded the week of May 11. No listener calls will be taken, but comments may be emailed to with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

We will talk about ranked choice voting (RCV) in the upcoming July and November elections in Maine, developments in other states, the possible effect of a people's veto and a pending law suit, and more.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at

Special Guests:

Key Topics:
  • Is RCV a partisan issue? Why does it seem partisan? 
  • What has been Utah's experience with RCV? Why do Utah Republicans support it?

  • What races will use RCV in Maine in July? How is RCV affecting those races?

  • What races will use RCV in Maine in November? How is RCV affecting those races?

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