Congressman on the Outs Loses Ranked-Choice Protest

Courthouse News Service

 A federal judge upheld Maine’s ranked-choice voting on Thursday, dismissing a claim by a GOP lame-duck congressman that voters were confused by the new system.


The Campaign Legal Center, which filed a brief in support of the Ranked Choice Voting law, celebrated the court ruling.

“Today’s decision is a victory for the First Amendment rights of Maine voters, who chose this system as the best way to express their choice for federal office in November,” Mark Gaber, senior legal counsel at Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement. “The court’s well-reasoned decision gives voters the chance to express preferences for more than a single candidate, which enhances voter choice. The Court recognized that the Framers of the U.S. Constitution specifically empowered states to determine the procedures for electing members of Congress, and upheld the right of Maine voters to use the election system of their choice.”

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