“An 1880 Maine insurrection could sink ranked-choice voting” – that’s the intriguing headline on this piece from the Bangor Daily News concerning efforts to install an alternative voting procedure in statewide races in Maine. As the name implies, the system would let voters choose more than one person when there are multiple candidates, as in a primary, and to rank them from first choice to last choice.
But it seems that efforts to put the issue on a statewide ballot may collide with certain provisions in the state constitution that require plurality to take office.
There are efforts in the New Hampshire statehouse to allow a less-complicated version called approval voting, in which you can vote for more than one candidate but can’t rank them or give them a score. I wrote about it here, and I’ll be going into more detail in my next GraniteGeek column.