Ranked Choice Voting was approved by a majority of Maine voters, 388,273, at the polls on November 8, 2016. Ranked Choice Voting became the law of the State of Maine on January 7, 2017.
Maine's Ranked Choice Voting law was adopted in the second largest referendum vote of the people in Maine's history by nearly 400,000 Maine Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Libertarians, and independents. Democracy experts called the statewide referendum vote that year the second most important election in the country behind the presidential election.
Opponents of election reform immediately sought to repeal the voter-approved law. However, thousands of Maine people called, emailed, and met with their lawmakers to demand that the will of the people be upheld. The repeal bill was defeated in the regular session of the Maine Legislature.
Then, on October 23, 2017, in a one-day special session of the Maine Legislature, when they thought that nobody was looking, a majority of Maine lawmakers shamefully voted to thwart the will of the Maine people by delaying and repealing Maine's Ranked Choice Voting law.
With only 88 days to gather signatures and force a People's Veto to restore the law, thousands of Maine people picked up clipboards and pens and got to work. In a Herculean effort and in the dead of winter, with Arctic winds beating their faces and with their fingers and toes numb from the cold, they collected over 80,000 signatures to place the People's Veto on the June 12, 2018 ballot. With submission and certification of signatures for the People's Veto, they not only placed the question back on the ballot, but they froze Maine's Ranked Choice Voting law in place and forced its implementation for the June 12, 2018 primary election.
This action guarantees that on June 12, 2018, Maine voters will be the first in the nation to rank their choices in primary elections for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, State Senator and State Representative.
The Yes On 1 campaign to restore Ranked Choice Voting is officially underway. We need your help to win, and to educate Maine voters about the benefits of ranking their choices in the June 2018 primary election.
This marks the first time in our state’s history that voters have initiated a People’s Veto in response to the Legislature’s attempt to overturn a Citizen’s Initiative. There's just no stopping the Maine people.
The petition drive for the People's Veto would not have been possible without you. You picked up a clipboard and pen, drove to and from town offices, contributed online, wrote a letter to the editor, and talked to your friends and neighbors about the importance of changing the way we elect our leaders. Because of you, Maine people will have more voice and more choice, starting with the June 2018 election.
Let's ensure that Ranked Choice Voting is implemented in accordance with the will of the people; voters are educated about the benefits of ranking their choices in the June election; and, we win Yes On 1 on June 12, 2018 to stand up to those politicians in Augusta who think that they know better than us and to insist on more voice and more choice in our democracy.