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June 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Results Announced in Historic Election

League of Women Voters commends election officials and candidates for successful ranked choice election

Augusta – The League of Women Voters of Maine tonight congratulated election officials on completing the tabulation of the ranked choice results of the 2018 primary election.

“We commend the Office of the Secretary of State, as well as all the town clerks, wardens and poll workers, for rising to the challenge of implementing this new law in just three months time. They went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure voters had a smooth experience and that the integrity of the election was maintained at every step” said Jill Ward, President of the League of Women Voters of Maine.

Maine is the first state in the nation to have a statewide election using RCV.

“We also congratulate Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Janet Mills and Democratic Congressional nominee Jared Golden, as well as Republican Gubernatorial nominee Shawn Moody and State House candidate Joshua Morris, for their nominations. Every candidate can be proud of his or her role in this historic election,” added Ward.

Ranked choice voting will be used in the races for US Senate and US Congress in November 2018. Election officials will be able to build on this first successful election to refine procedures for voter education, voting, and tabulation.

Last week the League of Women Voters released the results of a survey showing that 90% of Maine voters had a positive experience using Ranked Choice Voting.

For the last six months the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has been conducting a public education project, “Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting,” for the purpose of educating voters and others involved in the June election. Learn more about RCV at Maine Uses RCV’s website: www.mainerankedchoice.vote. Please also visit www.LWVME.org and www.mainecleanelections.org for information about the organizations behind this project.

June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Voter Survey Shows RCV Was Easy To Use

Individual Respondents’ Experience Reinforces Outcome of People’s Veto:

Voters Like Ranked Choice Voting

Portland – The League of Women Voters of Maine announced results of an on-line survey asking how voters liked using ranked choice voting  in the June 12 primary.

The informal survey does not purport to represent the views of the population as a whole but provides a useful snapshot of voter attitude coming out of the primary. The results and robust response rate — over 650 participants — reveal broad satisfaction with the use of RCV.  Findings include:

  • Only 8% of respondents had ever used RCV in a previous election.
  • More than 94% of respondents took the opportunity to rank their candidates instead of voting for just one.
  • More than 90% of respondents said that their experience using RCV in the primary was either “excellent” or “good.”
  • Only 4% of respondents said that their voting experience diminished their view of RCV.

“This survey is consistent with what we have been saying all along — voters are empowered by ranked choice voting, and it is an option they wish to preserve,” said Jill Ward, President of the LWVME.  “The overwhelming majority of the comments we received through the survey were positive,” said Ward.  “The League will be analyzing those comments in the coming days, but it’s clear that ranked choice voting is here to stay.”

The League credits  the Secretary of State for implementing ranked choice voting under time pressure and with the eyes of the nation upon Maine.  “We salute the clerks, wardens, volunteers, and others who made the election go smoothly and are assured that the counting of RCV results in the coming days will be conducted with the same professionalism,” said Ward.

For the last six months the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has been conducting a public education project, “Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting,” for the purpose of educating voters and others involved in the June election. Learn more about RCV at Maine Uses RCV’s website: www.mainerankedchoice.vote. Please also visit www.LWVME.org and www.mainecleanelections.org for information about the organizations behind this project.

More information on the survey is below.

Contact: John Brautigam 207-671-6700

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