Portland mayor to be chosen using ranked choice voting

9:15 AM, Sep 16, 2011   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- In November, Portland's new mayor will be elected using a new voting system called ranked choice voting.

Under this system, voters won't just cast a ballot for the candidate they want. Instead they'll rank the candidates in order of preference: First choice, second choice, third, fourth, and so on.

Portland's city clerk says she believes voters will understand ranked choice voting and be comfortable with it. 

"I think a lot of talk sometimes gets people more confused, but I think you get a clearer picture once you see what a ballot actually looks like," said Katherine Jones, Portland's City Clerk. "And you can see, oh, this is easy, I mark my first choice. I think that will put a lot at ease."

A representative from True Ballot, the company advising the city on ranked choice voting, says the process is easy -- but it took him about forty minutes to fully explain the system to reporters.








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