June 23rd, 2018

Maine’s ranked-choice voting requires some patience

By Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press on June 13, 2018.

Kyle Bailey, a spokesman for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, smiles as he is interviewed at their primary night rally shortly after polls closed in Portland, Maine, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Maine voters didn't just select their favorite candidates, they ranked the candidates from first to last using the system for the first time in statewide primaries. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Businessman Shawn Moody has won the GOP nomination for Maine’s gubernatorial election, while Democrats might have to wait up to a week to find out who won their primary.

No Democrat came close to getting an outright majority to claim victory, so more tabulations are required next week under Maine’s ranked-choice voting system.

Residents also voted Tuesday to retain the voting system, nullifying a legislative delay and allowing it to be used in November’s federal elections in Maine.

The voting system is used in 11 local jurisdictions but was used for the first time in a U.S. statewide primary on Tuesday.

Moody founded a successful chain of auto collision centres. He’s cast himself as an “outsider businessman” in the race to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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