Maine Se­nate re­peals ranked-choice law

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

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.

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