STATEWIDE –– Rank-choice voting will be used in a presidential election for the first time anywhere in the United States this November.
Today, Maine’s Supreme Court ruled the Republican Party did not meet the number of signatures required for a “people’s veto,” that would disallow it.
They came up shy of the 67,067 needed after some where invalidated because the people circulating the petitions were not registered to vote.
“In this regard, the decision is very important because it maintains the status quo that before you circulate you need to be registered to vote in the town you live in,” said Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.
The chair of the Maine Republican Party, Dr. Demi Kouzounas issued a statement saying:
“We are disappointed in the decision and exploring further options for review by the federal courts to protect Maine voters’ rights to be heard.”