Maine — Gov. Janet Mills said Friday she would delay action on a bill passed by Maine lawmakers last month to expand ranked-choice voting to presidential elections and allow it to go into law in January, allowing its use in the 2020 general elections but not next year’s primaries.
The move still amounts to a historic expansion of the method that Maine became the first state to use after voters authorized ranked-choice voting in a 2016 referendum. Conflicts with the Maine Constitution limited its use in 2018 to congressional elections and state primaries. The method decided the race in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District won by U.S. Rep. Jared Golden.
Legislative Republicans who oppose ranked-choice voting have blocked pushes for constitutional amendments to expand its use, but advocates eyed the presidential change as a priority in the Democratic-led Legislature this year because it did not need a constitutional fix.
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