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By Patrick R. Potyondy

Maine lawmakers are expected to consider ranked-choice voting when they convene in a special session this fall.

Senate President Michael Thibodeau (from left), House Speaker Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage. (Bangor Daily News file photo)The state’s 2016 ranked-choice ballot measure will be one of the issues legislators will consider. Last November, voters approved a ballot measure instituting ranked-choice voting (RCV) with 52 percent of the vote. But Maine’s Supreme Court quickly threw its constitutionality into question with an advisory opinion that helped add it to the special session’s to-do list.

Voters made Maine the only state in the union to adopt ranked-choice voting, which the state will apply to most statewide and federal offices including the state legislature and the governorship. While other states watch the issue closely, proponents of the 2016 citizen initiative plan to hold a referendum if the special session votes to do away with RCV.

To learn more about ranked-choice voting check out these resources:

Patrick Potyondy is a legislative policy specialist and Mellon-ACLS public fellow in NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting Program.

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