Dear Fellow Mainers,
Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about Question 5 and Ranked Choice Voting.
We need a system that works – where candidates with the best ideas, not the biggest bank accounts, have a fighting chance. You should never have to vote for the “lesser of two evils” when there is another candidate you really like.
Question 5 gives you the power to rank candidates, so ballots can be counted in rounds, last-place candidates lose, and the candidate with a majority in the final round wins. You have the freedom to vote for the candidate you like best without worrying that you will help to elect the candidate you like least.
If the turmoil in Augusta has taught us anything, it's that we need to change the way we elect our leaders, especially when politicians can get elected with less than 40% of the vote. Ranked Choice Voting restores majority rule and ensures that candidates who are opposed by a majority of voters can never win.
Question 5 is broadly supported by Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens, and Libertarians. Seventy-three thousand Mainers signed petitions circulated by volunteers to place Question 5 on the ballot. That's because Mainers understand that we'll be better off as a state when the majority of voters elect our leaders.
We all have a responsibility to vote to make our state and our country a better place for our children and grandchildren. Ranked Choice Voting is the change we need to give Maine voters more voice and more choice in our democracy.
The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting
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