Maine allows for ranked-choice voting without governor's signature


Main moved ahead today with plans to become the first state to allow voters to rank candidates in a general presidential election governor Janet mills a Democrat said she'll allow a bill to become law in January without her signature the legislation requires ranked choice voting in presidential elections in primaries but ranked voting won't be used in a planned presidential primary next March the bill won't go into effect until ninety days after the legislature is set to adjourn in April but future presidential primaries would be is ranked choice voting Maine voters in two thousand sixteen approved ranked voting but the system is limited to federal races in primaries under the system voters rank three or more candidates on the ballot in order of preference if no candidate gets more than fifty percent of the vote. the last place candidate is eliminated the second choice votes of everyone who rank that candidate first are allocated until someone receives over fifty percent supporters of the system move been trying to spread it to more states cheered the expansion such advocates hope the law could boat goose the influence of an independent and third party presidential candidate and Maine about two dozen cities including Cambridge Massachusetts Saint Paul Minnesota San Francisco and Oakland allow the use of ranked choice voting in certain

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