Legislators petitioning for ranked-choice voting

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There will be a petition for voters at the Nov. 4 polls for voters to enact ranked-choice voting. The city of Portland was the first in Maine to use the system 2011 to elect its mayor.

Ranked-Choice Voting or "Instant Run-Off Voting," allows voters to rank up the candidates in order of preference on their ballots. Candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and their points passed on to the next choice until one final candidate has more than 50% of the vote.

It's a system Representative Diane Russell and Senator Dick Woodbury said would have helped in this year's gubernatorial race. They said it would eliminate mud-slinging and ensure no vote goes wasted.

Independent gubernatorial candidate has been a proponent of ranked choice voting and has encouraged voters to sign the petition at the polls. The petition is for ranked choice voting to become a referendum. Cutler said he believes he would have won the governor's race in 2010 if their had been ranked choice voting. He lost to Gov. Paul LePage by two percentage points.

If enough signatures are collected and the initiative passes through, it won't go into effect for four more years and would only be for state legislators, U.S. Senators or members of Congress, and Maine's governor.


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