Secretary of State

Maine Lawmakers to Get Update on Rollout of Ranked Voting System

Maine lawmakers will get an update on the roll-out of a new ranked voting system that election officials are racing to implement in time for the June primary.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is set to brief lawmakers on the roll-out of implementation Thursday. He's said he plans to submit proposed rules governing the voting method by month's end.

The system lets voters rank candidates from first to last. A candidate who wins an outright majority of first-place votes is declared the winner.

The primary will mark the first use of ranked-choice voting in statewide primary elections.

Election officials estimate the system will add about $800,000 to the cost of the June election, bringing the total to about $1 million. 

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