To find more information about the Peoples Veto effort, to volunteer to circulate petitions, or to find out where to sign a petition, visit RCVMaine.org
Gathering the required number of valid signatures would keep the Legislature's enactment from going into effect on schedule, leaving the RCV law passed by voters in place until the June election, when voters would again weigh in on RCV. In that case, the June primaries would be conducted using RCV, a significant step toward proving the law's effectiveness and establishing a system of implementation by election officials.
The League has endorsed the peoples veto effort. Read our public statement from November 13.
This would be a partial repeal of the recent legislative enactment. The partial repeal would preserve RCV in those races for which there is no constitutional question, while suspending RCV in those races where there are conflicts with the Maine Constitution.
Read more about the legislative and legal background.
Watch this cool video that shows how RCV works.
✓ Eliminates spoilers and strategic voting: Ranked choice voting allows voters to support their favorite candidate without worrying that they might "throw their vote away," or worse, split their votes with like‐minded voters and unintentionally help elect the candidate they like the least.
✓ Reduces negative campaigning: Candidates running in ranked choice elections must ask for second and, sometimes, third choice rankings. Voters are less likely to rank a candidate highly who is negative toward their preferred candidate.
✓ Reduces the influence of money in politics: Campaigns and special interest groups spend a lot of money on negative advertising. By making negative advertising less effective, ranked choice voting reduces the need for, and influence of, money in politics.
✓ 11 cities across the United States currently use ranked choice voting to elect city officers, including Portland, Maine. Also San Francisco, Cambridge, and Minneapolis.
✓ 5 states provide military and overseas voters with ranked choice ballots to participate in federal runoff elections.
✓ 4 countries, including Australia, Ireland, Malta, and New Zealand, use ranked choice voting in federal elections.
✓ Numerous public and private sector organizations, including the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, use ranked choice voting for their elections.
Read more about who uses RCV.
The League's Position on Ranked Choice Voting, also called Instant Run-off Voting
The League's 2008 - 2011 Study materials on RCV then called Instant Run-off Voting