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posted by chromas on Wednesday June 13, @04:31PM   Printer-friendly
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Maine Is Trying Out A New Way To Run Elections. But Will It Survive The Night?

The man who lives in the Blaine House in Augusta, Maine, was, for many, a sneak preview of the 45th president of the United States. Like Donald Trump, Republican Gov. Paul LePage has transformed the face of government with his politically incorrect brand of conservatism — and he did it despite winning less than a majority of votes. LePage won a seven-way Republican primary for governor in 2010 with 37 percent of the vote, and he beat a Democrat and three independents in the general with just 38 percent.

Eight years later, it's far from clear that LePage would have a path to victory if he were running now in the Republican primary for governor. That's because, partly in response to LePage's plurality wins, Maine on Tuesday will become the first state to use ranked-choice voting to decide a statewide election. So not only are there races in Maine we'll be watching, but the process matters too. And if Maine voters don't pass an initiative reauthorizing the voting method at the same time, this real-life political-science experiment will be cut short.

The question of keeping ranked-choice in place for future primaries and Congressional races in the general election led 54-46 percent with 57% of precincts reporting at 12:05 AM EDT.

Maine's Governor Paul LePage has threatened to not certify the results, but that doesn't matter according to Maine's Secretary of State:

Gov. LePage on Tuesday says he "probably" won't certify results from the voter-approved ranked-choice voting system.

Maine law requires the secretary of state to tabulate results and get them to the governor within 20 days of an election. The governor "shall" certify them within a reasonable time period, but Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, a Democrat, said this only applies to state general elections and not primaries. "He can bluster all he wants, but he can't change the results," Dunlap said.

Also at WGME, Vox, NYT (live results), and Portland Press Herald.

Previously: Maine Supreme Court Approves Ranked-Choice Voting for 2018 Elections


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Reply to: Re:Republican Governor Paul LePage

    (Score: 5, Insightful) by edIII on Wednesday June 13, @08:13PM

    by edIII (791) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 13, @08:13PM (#692510)

    If that were actually true. Yet, voter fraud has been investigated numerous times, and never found to be in any significant amounts. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong with citations, which of course can't be Fox News, a White Nationalists propaganda outlet (Brietbart), or the Daily Stormer.

    I'm not all that worried about them voting anyway. It's the Republicans that have the *real* problem. They offer nothing to those communities but denigration, while in turn, taking advantage of low cost labor for their businesses. What a fucking wonder that immigrants don't vote for them. I think it's presumptuous and telling anyways, that they think it automatically benefits the Democrats. Some of them might vote 3rd party :)

    No proof has ever been produced that it's a problem either. All of those Minute Men and White Nationalists that were monitoring the polling stations with video cameras never produced a damn thing. I was curious and open minded, and nothing was produced.

    The type of voter fraud I'm more interested in investigating is dead people voting. Now I'm pretty sure it ain't an illegal digging up a US citizen to vote, but some group of people that have access to the records, access to the bureaucracy, a motive, .etc. In other words, the most serious voter fraud is perpetrated by Americans.

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