June 12thMaine voters will useRanked Choice Voting
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Ranked Choice Voting is here!
On Monday March 5th, Maine’s Secretary of State certified the People’s Veto to Restore Ranked Choice Voting. Certification means that RCV will be used for many of the June 12 primaries.
On March 5th, the People’s Veto signatures were certified by Matt Dunlap, the Secretary of State. This means that Ranked Choice Voting will be used in the June 12th primary election. Election officials and town clerks are being trained on implementation, to address any technical issues that may arise and understand ahead of time how to deal with these issues accordingly.
What is Ranked Choice Voting?
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is a system of voting in which voters rank candidates in the order of their preference. The candidate who receives a majority of the votes (50% + 1 vote) is declared the winner.
How does RCV work?
Votes are counted in rounds. In the first round, if a candidate receives more than 50% of the first choice votes, that candidate is declared the winner and the election is over. If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, the election continues to another round, and the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated from the race. Next, the ballots of the voters who selected the eliminated candidate as their first choice are re-assigned to their second-choice candidate. If any candidate achieves a majority in the second round, that candidate is declared winner and the election is over. If there is still no majority winner, the tabulation process continues, round by round, until one candidate reaches a 50% plus one majority.
Why should I rank my vote?
Ranking your vote allows you, the voter, to express your preference of each candidate represented on the ballot. That way, if your first-choice candidate doesn’t win, you can still have your second or third choice counted.
Will RCV change how candidates campaign?
Previous races using ranked choice voting have shown that candidates are more likely to be issue driven and take part in civil discourse instead of smear campaigns. It gives candidates stronger incentives to appeal to a larger percentage of their constituency, in order to work to win the second choice pick from voters.