The voters of Maine need Ranked Choice Voting to give them more voice in future elections. Here’s a brief exploration of Question 1, to be decided by all voters on the June 12 ballot.
Sticking my political neck out this week – in unabashed support of Zak Ringelstein for U.S. Senate, and Jonathan Fulford for House of Representatives from Maine’s 2nd congressional district. Both have a tough slog in the months ahead to beat the odds… but they’re on their way.
Simple and sumptuous shepherd’s pie, made with ground lamb (I mean, shepherds don’t herd cows, right?), and one final pitch in favor of Ranked Choice Voting for Maine, now at issue in a citizen’s petition attempting to veto the state legislature’s repeal from this past October.
Sen. Michael Thibodeau has single-handedly dealt a mortal blow to Ranked Choice Voting. Yes, he’s Senate President and a Republican, but does that entitle him to obstruct the will of the people? Uh uh.
The fate of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) almost certainly will be determined this week by the state legislature, and it’s not looking good. At least not for the 53% of you who voted for it last November.
Is Ranked Choice Voting copacetic with Maine’s Constitution? Most say yes. And many say the issue is just a naysayer’s red herring, a distraction to keep us off balance come November.
Ranked-Choice Voting is Question 5 on this November’s Maine ballot. It’s an idea that could radically alter our political landscape, and if adopted nationally, could release us from the straitjacket of the two-party system.