Maine Senate repeals ranked-choice law
The Maine State Senate has approved a repeal of the ranked-choice voting law passed by voters last November.
The Senate voted 21 to 13 to repeal the law that voters passed as a ballot initiative in 2016, the Portland Press Herald reported.
The Maine Supreme Court ruling an advisory opinion earlier this year that the measure violated the state’s constitution, but limited it to the gubernatorial and legislative races in the general election.
Supporters of the law, primarily Democrats, say that for primary and federal elections, the state should uphold the initiative since the court did not specify a conflict with the state’s constitution in those races.
A ranked-choice voting system, also known by the terms “instant runoff” and “single transferable vote” requires voters to rank their choices among all candidates on the ballot. If nobody gets more than half the first-choice votes, then the candidate who finished last is eliminated and his votes redistributed to his supporters’ top remaining choice. This process continues until one candidate gets a majority.