nearvideo the Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system under fire
Rep. Bruce Poliquin was the first choice of many voters in his bid for re-election in Maine’s second house district, with more than 2,000 more votes than his nearest opponent.
But unfortunately for him, he was not the voters second choice. “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Poliquin. Crazy, he says, because his Democratic opponent, Jared Golden, was declared the winner.
Poliquin’s loss is the first test of Maine’s re-election, evaluation process, the so-called Ranked-Choice Voting, under which voters can preferred to prioritize a crowded field of candidates from favorite to least.
If no candidate wins a majority, as happened in the case of Poliquin, eliminate the last place finisher and take his or her second-choice picks, and distribute them among the remaining candidates. This process is then repeated until someone gets over 50 percent of the vote.
Some also call it ” instant runoff, and it is gaining popularity across the country.
Adam Friedman drives a ranked-choice voting proposal in Massachusetts. “With ranked choice voting, the votes you actually, honestly, rather than strategically,” Friedman explains.
In crowded areas, Friedman went to the voters often do not vote for a candidate that you like best, because they are afraid that the candidate they elected can at least.
When asked if Poliquin’s loss to fair, Friedman was safe. “It’s actually fair,” he told Fox News, “as ranked choice voting ensures that the winner has the majority of the district’s support, not just a group or a tribe.”
Poliquin is not so. “For 200 years, in the U.S. state of Maine, we have a person had a voice,” he said. “It’s not complicated, it is controversial.”
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He says, that provides the voters with a second choice, which may even be unconstitutional, so he is challenged, the results in federal court.
Earlier this month, his case was presented before U.S. district court judge Lance Walker, during a hearing in which he is the argument against the ranked-choice voting law, saying it violates the Constitution of the United States, because of its unique drainage system produces a “faux majority” – the winner of elections and disenfranchises voters.
The legal challenge is likely to be the first step in Poliquin attempts to reverse the Second constituency-the race won by his opponent, and is part of a broader effort to the invalidity of a voting method, which some Republicans view as an existential threat.
On Thursday, Walker dismissed the case to reject Poliquin’s arguments, the voting gave some voters more than one vote than others, or proved to be too confusing for the average voter. Also if you vote for the following candidates have been re-assigned Walker, all votes “stayed and were counted.”
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“The point is that ‘one person-one vote” is not in opposition said voting to the rankings for output, so long as all voters are treated equally in the vote,” Walker said.
Supporters of the outflow system to say that Poliquin are lawyers with a range of sometimes conflicting claims against the law, and that their failure could ultimately strengthen the ranked-choice voting against what so far is a damning legal and political campaigns.
The case is also the hope to implement the system in other States, observed by the national advocates for ranked-choice voting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.