For those who attended or streamed the public hearing for LD 1646, “An Act to Bring Maine’s Ranked-Choice Voting Law into Constitutional Compliance,” on Monday, Oct. 16, proponents of the bill led you to believe that Maine was ready to implement ranked-choice voting. Dozens of campaign volunteers turned out to testify in favor of ranked-choice voting, however they completely overlooked several facets of the law that still conflict with existing statute and the Maine Constitution. So just how bad is Maine’s ranked-choice voting law?
According to Julie Flynn, the Deputy Secretary of State, Maine’s citizen-approved ranked-choice voting law needs to be amended in 16 areas for it to be legally implemented in the state of Maine.
Flynn’s testimony shed light on serious flaws within the initiative as it currently sits under state law and demonstrated how the language of LD 1646 would not have rectified any of these issues.