Here is what to know concerning the system.
It lets voters actually rank their selections so as of choice, marking candidates as their first, second and third alternative picks (and so forth).
The winner will need to have a majority (greater than 50% of the votes) slightly than a plurality (merely essentially the most votes).
In Maine, ranked alternative solely takes impact when three or extra candidates are on the poll. Voting is counted by spherical, with lowest-ranked candidates eradicated in every spherical till solely two candidates stay.
How lengthy does it take?
On election evening, if there isn’t a clear winner with greater than 50% of the vote, counting goes into ranked alternative voting tabulation rounds. In Maine, couriers are despatched across the state to both gather precise ballots or reminiscence units and dropped at a safe location on the State Capitol in Augusta. There, excessive pace tabulators depend the outcomes and decide the winner.
“The method takes a few week, per week and a half,” Kristen Muszynski, communications director for Maine’s secretary of state, advised CNN.
Do you need to rank each single candidate?
No. A voter solely must mark a primary alternative, or as many as they need.
Why vote this manner?
Advocates say it helps stop spoiler candidates — and ensures the candidate with essentially the most help wins, slightly than one who emerges from a crowded subject with a small plurality of votes.
Who else does it?
What is the argument in opposition to it?
Two California governors have vetoed measures that might implement ranked alternative voting for cities and cities throughout the state, although it was already in use by San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro.
Who else is considering it?
It might not apply to elections for president, county commissioner or regional district faculty committee member.
The town of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has used it to elect its metropolis councilors and faculty committee members for the reason that 1940s. Cambridge resident (and Massachusetts Senator) Elizabeth Warren just lately backed Massachusetts’ effort in an op-ed with Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin. Takoma Park, which is in Raskin’s congressional district, has used ranked alternative voting since 2007 for all mayor and metropolis council elections.