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October 2016

Ranked Choice Voting and What It Means

This November, Mainers will have the opportunity to vote whether to adopt what is known as “ranked choice voting.” Question 5 on the ballot reads as follows: “Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the state level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority?” If adopted by Maine voters, this new law would, in theory, prevent a situation in which a candidate wins a state election with less than a majority of the vote. For example,