AUGUSTA – Supporters of “Ranked Choice Voting” are pushing forward with a campaign of their own.
They’ve collected more than 70,000 signatures to put the proposal on the ballot next November. Today they’ll deliver those signatures to the Secretary of State.
In ranked choice voting, voters rank candidates in order of preference. So if the first choice doesn’t win, their vote goes to the second choice
Former State Senator Dick Woodbury says its all about improving democracy and the tone of campaigns. “The system as it’s structured doesn’t work very well and what this does is assures you have a majority winner and much greater incentives for candidates to be civil because they need to attract 2nd place as well as first place votes.”
If approved, this new voting process would apply to candidates running for congress and state offices. Maine would be the first state to use ranked choice voting.