Rank Choice Voting - Maine's Question 5

Maine - Question 5 - If approved, measure would establish statewide ranked-choice voting

Ballotpedia Entry:

The Maine Ranked Choice Voting Initiative, also known as Question 5, is on the November 8, 2016, ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute.

  A "yes" vote supports establishing a statewide system of ranked-choice voting.
  A "no" vote opposes this proposal to establish ranked-choice voting, thereby maintaining the current voting system.

Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is also known as instant-runoff voting. If approved, ranked-choice voting would be used to elect U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, the governor, state senators, and state representatives.

Question 5 defines ranked-choice voting as "the method of casting and tabulating votes in which voters rank candidates in order of preference, tabulation proceeds in sequential rounds in which last-place candidates are defeated and the candidate with the most votes in the final round is elected."[1]

As of August 2016, there were no states that used ranked-choice voting for standard statewide elections. Currently all states use the method of voting that allows voters to choose one candidate, and the candidate with the most votes in a single round of voting is elected.

Proponents Opponents
  • State Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-28)
  • Republican Gov. Paul LePage
  • State Sen. Andre Cushing (R-10)


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