A Closer Look: Maine Ballot Question Five ‘Maine Ranked Choice Voting’
We've been taking a closer look at the ballot questions that Mainers will be voting on November 8th. Today, we take a closer look at Question Five 'The Maine Ranked Choice Voting Initiative'.
Here's how the question will read on the ballot.
Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the state level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority?
Those that are for question five argue that voters can vote for their favorite candidate without fear of electing their least favorite candidate and the winner will be assured of receiving more than half of the votes cast.
Those that are against question five argue that changing the voting system would be costly and might be unconstitutional.
What do you think?