BANGOR – Thursday, Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court denied a motion that would have prohibited ranked-choice voting in the November election.
The latest decision is part of an ongoing back and forth between the Maine Republican Party and Secretary of State’s office regarding the use of ranked-choice voting, which Maine voters approved for elections in 2016.
The GOP had filed a motion to stay the effect of a decision in late September, which gave the green light for the voting method to be used, pending the party’s request to bring the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Maine’s supreme court heard arguments on the case Thursday, Oct. 1, and ultimately sided with the Secretary of State’s Office and the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting later the same day.
As a result of the ruling, ranked-choice will be used in the presidential election in Maine on November 3.