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Should voters in Maine rank candidates in order of preference rather than voting for a single candidate?

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Last answered 2 weeks ago

Question 5 Poll Results

Yes

268 votes

52%

No

250 votes

48%

Distribution of answers submitted by American voters.

2 Yes answers
2 No answers
0 overlapping answers

Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Oct 20, 2016. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.

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Learn more about Question 5

Question 5 would implement a Ranked-Choice Coting system for all statewide races in Maine. In this system voters rank candidates in order of preference, rather than voting for a single candidate. A candidate that wins more than half of these votes automatically wins. If no candidate reaches 50% of the vote the candidate in last place is automatically eliminated. The votes are then counted again until one candidate reaches 50% of the vote. The first and second place candidates then compete in an instant run-off against each other. For example, suppose there are two similar candidates A & B, and a third opposing candidate C, with vote totals of 35% for candidate A, 25% for B and 40% for C. In a ranked-choice voting system candidate C may win with 40% of the votes, even though 60% of electors prefer either A or B. Alternatively, voters are pressured to choose the seemingly stronger candidate of either A or B, despite personal preference for the other, in order to help ensure the defeat of C. With Ranked Choice Voting, the electors backing B as their first choice can rank A second, which means candidate A will win by 60% to 40% over C despite the split vote in first choices. This system is currently used in Australia, India and Ireland.  See recent Question 5 news

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