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PoliticsMaine to allow ranked votes in general presidential election

01:10  07 september  2019
01:10  07 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Maine uses ranked -choice voting only in party primaries and general elections for Congress. Another bill before the Legislature seeks an amendment to the state’s constitution that would allow ranked -choice voting in elections for the Legislature and governor.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is set to become the first state to allow voters to rank candidates in a general presidential election.

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Advocates of ranked -choice voting — enshrined in a 2016 referendum and upheld by Maine voters The Legislature made another change in 2019 allowing parties to switch from party-run presidential How would it change the general election ? Ranked -choice voting would be more straightforward in

The legislation requires ranked choice voting in presidential elections and primaries.

Mills' office says ranked voting won't be used in a planned presidential primary in March 2020. But future presidential primaries would use it.

Under the system, voters rank three or more candidates on a ballot in order of preference. If no candidate gets more than 50%, the last-place candidate is eliminated.

The second-choice votes of everyone who ranked that candidate first are allocated until someone receives over 50%.

Mills says ranking could empower voters. But she expresses fiscal and logistical concerns.

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