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Maine voters passed a referendum that gives them more choice in the way they elect their leaders. We provide pro bono support to FairVote as it seeks to improve electoral systems across the United States.
The landmark electoral reform initiative implements ranked-choice voting (RCV) in elections for state legislators and statewide positions, including U.S. Congressional seats and the Governor’s office. Maine is the first jurisdiction to implement RCV on a statewide basis; cities in several other states use RCV in their local elections.
RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. By taking alternative voter preferences into account, RCV more accurately reflects the will of the voters than a “first past the post” system. It also discourages negative campaigning and minimizes the “lesser of two evils” approach to voting that often doesn’t accurately reflect a voter’s intent.
We provided legal analysis confirming the legality of RCV under both the Maine and U.S. Constitutions on behalf of our pro bono client, FairVote, and we continue to support FairVote’s initiatives to improve electoral systems across the country.