Unite America Endorses Maine Ranked Choice Voting

Unite America Endorses Maine Ranked Choice Voting

Unite America is proud to endorse the “Yes On 1”  ballot measure in Maine’s June 12 statewide nonpartisan election that would uphold the will of the people and protect the first-ever statewide implementation of Ranked Choice Voting.

“We enthusiastically support Ranked Choice Voting as a method of conducting elections that will give voters greater choice and help level the playing field for independent candidates,” said Nick Troiano, Executive Director or Unite America. “This ‘People’s Veto’ measure will block an undemocratic attempt by partisan politicians to insulate themselves from new competition and greater accountability in the electoral process.”

In October 2017, the Maine legislature voted to repeal the Ranked Choice Voting law approved by voters and endorsed by Unite America in November 2016. All six of Maine’s independent legislators voted against the repeal.

Unite America has made a financial contribution to The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting and is mobilizing its chapters and volunteers in Maine to support the ballot measure.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please make a contribution here or sign up to volunteer here. All contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $100,000 by The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting.


Additional Background:

How did we get here?

  • On November 8, 2016, a majority of Maine voters approved Ranked Choice Voting at the ballot box in the second largest referendum vote by the people in our state’s history, and it became enacted law.

  • On October 23, 2017, a majority in the Maine Legislature disregarded the will of the people and repealed the people’s Ranked Choice Voting law in a special late-night session.

  • On February 2, 2018, Maine people collected more than 80,000 signatures in 88 days to place a People’s Veto on the June 12, 2018 ballot to protect the people’s Ranked Choice Voting law.
  • On June 12, 2018, Mainer voters will have the opportunity to stand up to the Maine Legislature by voting Yes on Question 1, the People’s Veto to protect Ranked Choice Voting.

Why Ranked Choice Voting?

There are many benefits to Ranked Choice Voting, including:

  1. Restores Majority Rule. Ranked choice voting ensures that candidates with the most votes and broadest support win, so voters get what they want. Candidates who are opposed by a majority of voters can never win ranked choice voting elections.

  2. Eliminates Vote Splitting. Ranked choice voting gives you the freedom to vote for the candidate you like the best without worrying that you will help to elect the candidate you like the least. You never have to vote for the "lesser of two evils" when there is another candidate you really like.

  3. More Voice for Voters. Your voice matters more with a ranked ballot. You never feel like your vote is “wasted.” If your favorite candidate can't win, your vote counts for the candidate you ranked second.

  4. More Choice for Voters. Ranked choice voting levels the playing field for all candidates and encourages candidates to take their case directly to you with a focus on the issues.

  5. Reduces Incentives for Negative Campaigning. Candidates are encouraged to seek second choice rankings from voters whose favorite candidate is somebody else. You are less likely to rank as your second choice a candidate who has issued personal attacks against your favorite candidate.

Learn more: http://www.rcvmaine.com/


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