Is ranked choice voting a new idea?

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Ranked choice voting has been used for over 120 years by hundreds of governments and private associations. Ranked choice voting was invented in New England in 1871. It was first used in an 1893 election. Ranked ballots are recommended by Roberts’ Rules of Order. Ranked choice voting has been used to elect the mayor of Portland since 2011. Ranked choice voting legislation has been introduced in the Maine Legislature since 2001 with growing support among Republican, Democratic and Independent lawmakers. In 2016, we're bringing ranked choice voting back home to New England to make our elections and our government work better for the people of Maine.

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