Maine will make electoral history on Tuesday, becoming the first state in the nation to use ranked choice voting in a statewide primary.
“Let’s figure out what the consensus of voters want and how do we bring those voters together in a way that you get a chance to rank your choices, have your voice heard more clearly,” explained Kyle Bailey of the non-profit Committee for Ranked Choice Voting.
“With ranked choice voting, you elect leaders more broadly so they’re accountable more broadly.”
Proponents, with celebrity support from actress Jennifer Lawrence, are fighting to preserve the change in yet another vote after state lawmakers voted for repeal following the first referendum.
In an online ad available for viewing on YouTube, Lawrence calls ranked choice “a simple, fair, and common sense form of voting.” The actress urges voters to go to the polls on June 12 to “Protect ranked choice and our democracy by voting yes on question one.”
“A majority is, in our eyes, 50 percent plus one. Of all the ballots cast, ranked choice voting just throws a bunch of ballots out to get to the new fake majority,” Savage argues.
Ranked choice voting has been used at the local level in Portland, Maine and in other cities like Cambridge, Mass. and, most recently, in San Francisco.