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