in the vicinity ofvideo of Republican Bruce Poliquin is fighting to keep its place
The last remaining Republican Congressman in New England filed a complaint, Tuesday, is trying to undo the election to his Democratic opponent Maine new voting system, calling for the court to act quickly, as the swearing-in ceremony of the new U.S. members of the house.
A Federal judge last week, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s concerns about the constitutionality of ranked-voting, a system in November for the first time in a congressional race rejected.
Poliquin lost his re-election bid to Democrat Jared Golden. His appeal of the 1 asks. To reconsider U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, his application for the invalidity of the election result and explain him the winner or order a different choice.
Poliquin claims that he should be the winner, because he votes on the first place on the day of the election. But Golden won the race in a separate ballot, in the two subsequent independents have been eliminated and their votes were distributed.
In his appeal, Poliquin all the voters “constitutional rights claimed that ranked-choice voting”. Poliquin says that the judge presented to the rejection of his requests “to the explicit questions, which often poses the questions on a rather superficial level of analysis.”
Meanwhile, Golden’s chief of staff, Aisha Woodward, said the judge’s decision was “clear as glass”, and called it the “best answer” to Poliquin appeal.
Poliquin’s appeal comes just a few weeks before you are sworn in to be Golden. Jan. 3.
But Congress must not wait for the dispute to end before you decide whether or not you swear, Golden, said Edward Foley, a constitutional law professor at the Ohio State University law school. The decision is in the hands of the new Democratically controlled house, where house Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi at the beginning of this month, chided Republicans ” fight against ranked-choice voting and the Golden win.
“The Congress must not be controlled by the dispute in relation to the decision, said whether to space for the elected member,” Foley. “This is a decision the Congress makes, ultimately, themselves.”
Another fight over a house brew was the race in North Carolina , where the Republicans want their candidate to his seat in Congress in a still undecided race marred by ballot fraud allegations.
But the fight, it differs from Poliquin’s suit, which used about the concern about the system of Maine, in order to tabulate winners.
“Ranked-choice voting, a system that Maine voters in 2016, all applicants will be in the order of precedence on the ballot, and a candidate who collects a majority of first-place votes is the winner. If there is no majority winner, then the last-place-eliminated candidates, and your second choice will be assigned votes to the rest of the field. The process is sometimes called ” instant runoff.
Poliquin has sharply criticized ranked choice voting as a so “confusing” that it effectively disenfranchises voters.
Last week, U.S. district judge Lance Walker, the wisdom of the ranked-choice voting, said that the critic in question, but that such criticism “falls short of constitutional impropriety.” The judge dismissed several of Poliquin’s constitutional concerns and said the Constitution gives the States leeway in deciding how to choose Federal representatives.
Poliquin has also abandoned his request for a recount of Maine’s elected. The secretary of state’s office, said he is responsible for the “actual cost” of the recount efforts.
Maine’s top state court in the past year warned that ranked voting conflict with the state Constitution, which says that the winner of the ” state-level race to whom gets the most votes, or a “plurality.” And so Maine used ranked voting only in Federal elections and state primary races, but not for the General elections for the Governor or the legislature.
Democratic Gov.-elect Janet Mills has vowed to try to the state Constitution, so the system can be used in all elections.