How did this initiative come about?


Ranked choice voting legislation was introduced in the Maine Legislature when Independent Angus King was governor and when Democrat John Baldacci was governor. It has been introduced since Paul LePage took office with growing support Republican, Democratic and Independent lawmakers.

In 2008, members of the League of Women Voters of Maine began studying possible solutions to restore majority rule, eliminate vote splitting and give voters more power. In 2011, the League endorsed ranked choice voting through a consensus process that involved their membership statewide. In 2013, the League convened a working group of civic leaders and legal scholars that developed language for this citizen initiative.

The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting was formed in October 2014 to collect signatures for the citizen initiative and continues to work for the protection of ranked choice voting with the June 2018 People's Veto.

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