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STATEMENT FROM LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MAINE ON LAWSUIT SEEKING PERMANENT INJUNCTION IN CD2 RCV IMPLEMENTATION

Press Release November 13, 2018

Augusta - The League of Women Voters of Maine affirmed its support of Maine's voter-approved Ranked Choice Voting law in response to the lawsuit filed this morning in federal district court contesting its constitutionality.

"Ranked choice voting has been reviewed by Maine courts four times in the last two years; we have no doubt that the federal court will uphold the law. Ranked choice voting is here to stay as the voters have twice demanded, and we will fight to protect it," said Jill Ward, President, League of Women Voters of Maine.

Plaintiffs in the suit filed in federal court today include three voters from Maine's second congressional district and Bruce Poliquin, the CD2 incumbent. As has been widely reported, no CD2 candidate received a 50% majority of first choice votes on November 6. As a result, the ranked choice voting tabulation process was triggered: the candidate(s) with the least support are eliminated and votes for the eliminated candidate(s) were redistributed to voters' second-choice candidate.

"The League of Women Voters of Maine endorsed Ranked Choice Voting in 2011 because it puts more power in the hands of voters, ensures those elected to office have the broadest support, promotes civility in campaigns, and may serve to reduce voter cynicism and increase voter participation," said Ward. These are values we support and believe would improve our election system and stand ready to defend them."