About Us

The League of Women Voters of Maine has been providing the public with election information and working to enhance and protect our democracy for almost 100 years.

In 2008 LWVME launched the ranked choice voting effort in Maine.  For over five years LWVME worked to analyze the benefits of RCV, study how it could be implemented in Maine, and engage in public conversations about this concept.

Approximately four years ago LWVME engaged with other partners to draft RCV legislation and develop a pathway to public approval and implementation.

Now, as the state prepares to implement RCV for the June 2012 primary elections, LWVME announces the Implement RCV project.  In partnership with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Implement RCV will make sure that voters have the information they need to vote using ranked choice voting in the upcoming election.

Implement RCV will also work with election administrators to ensure that the election meets or exceeds the very highest standards of accuracy, transparency, and security.

Finally, we will work with candidates and others involved in the campaign to make sure that RCV lives up to its fullest potential as a new means of allowing all voters to have their say in the best traditions of our democracy.

The LWVME and the Implement RCV project are entirely non-partisan and do not endorse candidates or political parties.  Through separate projects the LWVME has endorsed the people’s veto on the June election.  More information can be found here.  The Implement RCV project is exclusively educational and is not involved in the people’s veto campaign.

We encourage all voters to explore this site to find out more about RCV.  Please also visit www.LWVME.org and www.mainecleanelections.org for information about the organizations behind this project.

For additional questions please contact Sarah Rawlings by phone at (207) 653-5157, or email sarah@mainerankedchoice.vote

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The road to RCV implementation has been a long one! Check out where we started, where we are today, and how we got here.


Mar, 5 2008

League of Women Voters of Maine begins analyzing Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Nov, 8 2016

Maine voters approve Ranked Choice Voting at the ballot box.

Oct, 23 2017

Legislature votes to delay RCV implementation.

Nov, 7 2017

Signature-gathering for People's Veto begins.

Feb, 2 2018

72,000 signatures delivered to Secretary of State.

Mar, 5 2018

Secretary of State certifies signatures; RCV approved for 2018 primary election.

Jun, 12 2018

Primary election. People's Veto and first statewide use of RCV in the country.

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