Legislature delays and potentially repeals ranked-choice voting

Legislature delays and potentially repeals ranked-choice voting

 

The House and Senate both vote to postpone use of the system until 2021, and repeal it if the Maine Constitution isn't amended by then to address legal concerns.

Rep. Ralph Chapman, a Green Independent from Brookesville, spoke at length on the ranked-choice voting measure discussed during Monday's special session of the Legislature.
Rep. Ralph Chapman, a Green Independent from Brookesville, spoke at length on the ranked-choice voting measure discussed during Monday's special session of the Legislature. Staff photo by David Leaming

 

 

AUGUSTA — A citizen-backed law that made Maine the first state to adopt a ranked-choice voting system will be delayed and possibly repealed following a series of contentious votes Monday in a special session of the Legislature.

 

The Senate voted 19-10 to delay the law until December 2021 – and then repeal it if a constitutional amendment hasn’t been passed by then to address legal concerns raised by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The House held six procedural votes, then finally agreed with the Senate on a 68-63 tally. The bill now will go to Republican Gov. Paul LePage ...

 

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