Majority rule is a fundamental principle of American representative democracy. Our leaders should be elected by more than half of us.
Races with more than two candidates are common in Maine and often result in winners elected by fewer than half of voters. In 9 of the last 11 races for governor, candidates were elected by fewer than half of voters. In 5 of those races, candidates were elected by fewer than 40% of voters. None of Maine’s governors have been elected to their first term by a majority of voters in the last 40 years.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Maine has endorsed ranked choice voting as the most cost-effective solution to restore majority rule and to give voters more power.