‘Sore Loser Loses Again’: Federal Judge Rejects GOP Lawsuit, Defends Mainers’ Right to Ranked Choice Voting
The federal court “ruled today that the people of Maine have a right to choose the way we elect our leaders,” Cara Brown, the committee’s treasurer, said. “With this historic ruling, we predict that Ranked Choice Voting will sweep the nation.”
“Mr. Poliquin and his attorneys threw everything but the kitchen sink at Ranked Choice Voting and the Court defended Maine’s law in full.” —Kyle Bailey, Committee for Ranked Choice VotingPoliquin failed to gather more than 50 percent of first-choice vote on November 6, when, under the RCV system, voters were able to rank Poliquin, Democratic challenger Jared Golden, and independents Tiffany Bond and William Hoar with the numbers one through four instead of just selecting one candidate. Election officials then distributed Bond’s and Hoar’s supporters’ second and third choices until either the Democrat or Republican gained a majority.
The congressman had already attempted to stop the re-tallying from happening with a lawsuit, and filed another legal challenge after Golden won the second round of voting by 3,500 votes.