November 9, 2016 •
Ranked-Choice Voting for Maine
Several citizen’s initiatives were approved by Maine voters last night. Ranked-choice voting will replace the current election system (IB 2); a tax surcharge will be imposed on certain households to increase funding for public schools (IB 3); minimum wage will be raised to $12 an hour by 2020. Maine will be the first state to institute ranked-choice voting.
The new system ensures the winning candidate in a multicandidate race receives the majority vote because voters rank candidates in order of preference.
If a candidate does not receive 50 percent of first-choice votes, then the lowest scoring candidate is eliminated and votes are retabulated.
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