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    By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Republican Party is asking the state supreme court to put on hold its ruling that allows ranked choice voting in the presidential contest, to provide an opportunity for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The request filed Wednesday represents a last-ditch effort to delay the use of ranked choice voting in this November's presidential election until state voters have the final say through a “People's Veto” referendum. “We are pursuing a stay with the Maine Judicial Supreme Court with the intent of taking our case, and the rights of tens of thousands of Mainers, to the Supreme Court, if necessary, as soon as possible,” said Demi Kouzounas, chair...
    The Maine Supreme Court greenlighted ranked-choice voting for the upcoming presidential election-- becoming the first state in the nation to do so -- and overriding efforts by Republicans to block the implementation of the system they say prevents voters' rights from being heard. The system allows voters to rank all of the candidates on the ballot. If no one wins a majority of first-place votes, then the ballots are re-tabulated by computer to eliminate the underdogs and reallocate votes based on those supporters’ second-place choices. PHILADELPHIA ELECTION OFFICIAL URGES GOP STATE LEGISLATURE TO OUTLAW SECRECY ENVELOPES FOR MAIL-IN BALLOTS The state GOP attempted to petition registered voters to support a referendum to reject ranked-choice voting, but the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday it had not...
    PORTLAND, Maine — Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the US under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded that a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. The Supreme Judicial Court concluded the Maine Republican Party failed to reach the threshold of signatures needed for a “People’s Veto” referendum aimed at rejecting a state law that expands ranked choice voting to the presidential election. “This is a powerful moment for ranked choice voting supporters: Voters will, for the first time, use ranked choice voting to elect the highest office in the country,” said Rob Richie, president and CEO of FairVote, which advocates for...
    Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded that a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. The Supreme Judicial Court concluded the Maine Republican Party failed to reach the threshold of signatures needed for a “People’s Veto” referendum aimed at rejecting a state law that expands ranked choice voting to the presidential election. “This is a powerful moment for ranked choice voting supporters: Voters will, for the first time, use ranked choice voting to elect the highest office in the country,” said Rob Richie, president and CEO of FairVote, which advocates for the voting reform....
    (CNN)Maine's Supreme Court has sided with the state's Democratic secretary of state and rejected a Republican challenge to ranked-choice voting in the upcoming election. Your big questions about voting and the 2020 election, answeredThe ruling means Maine residents will use the voting method in the November election between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, barring further appeals. Polls show Susan Collins below 50% support in MaineRanked-choice voting allows voters to rank all the candidates by preference and for a voter's next choice to be considered if their first candidate doesn't have enough votes to be viable.The five-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the secretary of state had acted correctly in rejecting a ballot referendum on the future of...
    Voters in Maine this fall will become the first in the United States to rank their choice for president in order of preference. The Supreme Court of Maine ruled on Tuesday that the state Republican Party failed to gather enough signatures to veto a ruling made by the court in early September to send absentee voters ballots that feature the ranked-choice method, according to Bangor Daily News. Ranked-choice voting is a form of voting that allows the voter to rank their choices from favorite to least, instead of choosing one candidate. Proponents of ranked-choice voting argue that the new standard provides a more equitable system to voters. Maine first passed the system of voting during the 2016 election, and it...
    Maine will now use ranked-choice voting in the November election, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday after a months-long legal battle, making it the first state to use ranked-choice voting in a presidential election.  When voters in Maine cast their ballots in less than two months, they will be able to rank candidates in order of preference, instead of choosing just one.  According to the Bangor Daily News, the court ruled Tuesday that Maine’s Republican Party did not gather the required number of signatures necessary to vote on repealing ranked choice.  The ruling follows a decision earlier this month from the Maine Supreme Court, which allowed the state to begin printing ballots with ranked choice voting options ahead of Nov. 3.  Republicans...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BOSTON (CBS) – Are you fed up with an electoral process where the major parties squeeze out other voices, big money promotes bitter, divisive campaigning, and it seems impossible to get a majority for anything? Who isn’t? But a new TV ad promoting ranked choice voting as a solution doesn’t give you the full story. If you’ve ever been in Cambridge during election season, you’ve seen the signs of their ranked-choice voting system, in effect there for 80 years. It allows voters to rank the candidates in order of preference. If one gets more than 50 percent of first-choice votes, they win. If not, candidates with the fewest first-choice votes are eliminated and the second picks...
    Counting votes cast in Maine's marquee Senate race will be complicated this fall by a likely surge in mail-in ballots and its voting system. Republican Sen. Susan Collins needs majority support, not just a plurality of the votes, if she wants to win her fifth term after first being elected to Congress in 1996. That's because, for the first time, Maine's Senate race could be decided by ranked-choice voting. And it won't be an easy task for Collins. Fresh off her first debate last week and a new attack ad this week, Collins, 67, trails Maine's Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon, 48, by an average of 6.5 percentage points, according to polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. But some surveys, including...
    For the Democrats dead-set on defeating Republican Sen. Susan Collins this November, a recent poll of the Maine U.S. Senate race brought seemingly distressing news: Democratic candidate Sara Gideon was leading Collins by a single point, per the survey, but a Green Party-aligned independent candidate was polling at a surprisingly high 6 percent.  Given that Green candidates usually pull votes from the left, Collins’ legions of detractors on Resistance Twitter cried spoiler—fearing that in a tight, hotly contested race, the Green Party’s Lisa Savage would all but secure Collins another six years in the Senate. There is only one state, however, where that straightforward reading of the poll would be backwards—a bad sign for Collins, not a good one—and it...
    On September 8, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap (D) announced that general election ballots will be printed with ranked-choice voting for president after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court stayed a lower court’s decision on a veto referendum. “Because of Federal deadlines regarding providing printed ballots to military and overseas citizens abroad, we must tell the printers to begin their work today,” said Dunlap. The Maine Republican Party is behind a veto referendum to overturn Legislative Document 1083 (LD 1083), which established ranked-choice voting for presidential primaries and general elections. Under LD 1083, Maine is slated to use ranked-choice voting for the presidential election on November 3, 2020. On June 15, proponents of the veto referendum filed 72,512...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Single-family zoning change lacks fairness This is in regard to Pierluigi Oliverio’s oped article of August 30th (“Eliminating single-family home zoning is a bad idea“). The current GP2040 task force has decided that multi-family residential housing can be built in single-family neighborhoods, without any input from the citizens of San Jose who will be affected by this decision. So, when a house in a neighborhood is sold, and the new owner wants to build a four-plex on that property, the buyer is creating income for him or herself while devaluing the property values for the rest of the neighborhood. And there is nothing the neighborhood...
    Local elected city council and school boards in California are often plagued by at least one of two problems: First, in races with large numbers of candidates, winners are often selected with the backing of only a small portion of the electorate. Second, minority groups are often proportionately underrepresented on elected boards because minority voters don’t unite behind a single candidate or don’t have enough votes to prevail. The second issue is a particular problem for Albany. Asian Americans make up a quarter of the population, but only one has been elected to the City Council in the past 25 years. A group of Albany residents are proposing a smart solution that addresses both issues. Their plan would change the...
    Kanye West has millions of fans around the world. But before this month, no one knew just how beloved he was by Wisconsin Republicans. When the hip-hop superstar—who has been gathering signatures to get on the 2020 presidential ballot as an independent in several states—submitted his nominating papers in Wisconsin, they were turned in by the former general counsel for the state Republican party. Turns out that the attorney, Lane Ruhland, has another important client: She’s representing President Trump’s re-election campaign in a lawsuit against a TV station in northern Wisconsin. It’s not pretty. The Washington Post reported that Republican operatives are pursuing the same tactic in at least four other states. Indeed, both parties—Democrats and Republicans, even Russian operatives...
    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A federal judge who heard arguments in a new lawsuit targeting Maine's ranked-choice voting said he'll likely rule next week. The lawsuit contends the voting system disenfranchises old and uneducated voters who don't understand how it works and therefore select only a first choice without ranking the rest of the candidates. Professor Nolan McCarty, who teaches politics and public affairs at Princeton University, testified Thursday that “there seems to be a substantial number of people” who don't understand the system, the Portland Press Herald reported. But Thomas Knowlton, an assistant attorney general, said it's unclear why older voters might be truncating their ballots, suggesting it’s a leap to conclude they don’t understand the system. U.S. District...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine GOP filed an appeal in court on Monday to try to keep alive its fight against a ranked voting system. Maine's secretary of state earlier this month rejected a Republican referendum initiative aimed at stopping the use of ranked-choice voting in presidential elections. Matt Dunlap said the GOP failed to meet the signature threshold to get the item on the November ballot. The party filed its appeal of Dunlap's ruling in Cumberland County Superior Court. Maine GOP chair Demi Kouzounas said the party “found and verified that thousands of registered Maine voters' signatures were improperly deemed invalid.” The Republicans want the court to reinstate the signatures. That could potentially force the item back on...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine election officials are using computers to run another round of tabulations Tuesday to determine the final vote tallies in a Republican primary for a U.S. House seat. Former state Rep. Dale Crafts won the first round of voting on Election Day and both of his opponents, Adrienne Bennett and Eric Brakey, conceded and threw their support behind him in the general election. But he did not crack 50% of the vote, triggering another round of voting under Maine's ranked-choice voting law. In this case, the ballots were shipped to Augusta for another round of voting in which the last-place winner will be eliminated and those voters' second choices will be reallocated to the remaining field....
    Maine’s Democratic secretary of state threw out a petition aimed at stopping the use of ranked-choice voting in presidential elections, as Republicans accused him of relying on a technicality to invalidate votes. Opponents of ranked-choice voting submitted 72,512 signatures in June, but Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office found 11,178 were not from valid registered voters, leaving the petition short of the 63,037 signatures it needed to get a referendum of ranked-choice voting on the ballot, according to the Press Herald. Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, said at least 68,000 signatures were valid and is reviewing Dunlap’s two-page decision, which lists the reasons why signatures were invalidated. About a third of those rejected – 3,543 – were never validated...
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters are poised to become the first group of voters in US history to be able to use a ranked style of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state Wednesday. Maine voters approved a switch to ranked-choice voting with a statewide vote in 2016. A state law change later extended the voting system to presidential elections in Maine. The Maine GOP gathered signatures to try to force a people’s veto vote on the law change. That would have kept ranked-choice voting off presidential ballots in the state this year, because voters would have had to decide then whether to retain the voting method. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said that...
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters are poised to turn into the primary group of voters in US historical past to have the ability to use a ranked type of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state Wednesday. Maine voters authorized a swap to ranked-choice voting with a statewide vote in 2016. A state regulation change later prolonged the voting system to presidential elections in Maine. The Maine GOP gathered signatures to attempt to power a folks’s veto vote on the regulation change. That will have saved ranked-choice voting off presidential ballots within the state this 12 months, as a result of voters would have needed to determine then whether or not to retain the voting...
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters are poised to become the first group of voters in US history to be able to use a ranked style of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state Wednesday. Maine voters approved a switch to ranked-choice voting with a statewide vote in 2016. A state law change later extended the voting system to presidential elections in Maine. The Maine GOP gathered signatures to try to force a people’s veto vote on the law change. That would have kept ranked-choice voting off presidential ballots in the state this year, because voters would have had to decide then whether to retain the voting method. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said that the...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters are poised to become the first group of voters in U.S. history to be able to use a ranked style of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state Wednesday. Maine voters approved a switch to ranked choice voting with a statewide vote in 2016. A state law change later extended the voting system to presidential elections in Maine. The Maine GOP gathered signatures to try to force a people's veto vote on the law change. That would have kept ranked choice voting off presidential ballots in the state this year, because voters would have had to decide then whether to retain the voting method. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap...
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters are poised to become the first group of voters in U.S. history to be able to use a ranked style of voting for president, following a ruling by the secretary of state Wednesday. Maine voters approved a switch to ranked choice voting with a statewide vote in 2016. A state law change later extended the voting system to presidential elections in Maine. The Maine GOP gathered signatures to try to force a people’s veto vote on the law change. That would have kept ranked choice voting off presidential ballots in the state this year, because voters would have had to decide then whether to retain the voting method. Maine Secretary of State Matthew...