Legislative Successes

A timeline of Ranked Choice Voting in Maine.
“The one reform to save America.”
- David Brooks
“Get ready to rank, America.”
- The Economist
  1. 2014
  2. Oct

    October 2014 - Citizens' Initiative Approved for Circulation

    Petition begins circulating to connect signatures and bring the proposed law directly to Maine voters.

  3. 2015
  4. Nov
  5. 18

    Nov 18, 2015 - Citizens' Initiative Qualifies for Ballot

    Secretary of State determines citizens’ initiative for ranked-choice voting found valid with 64,687 signatures for November 2016 ballot.

  6. 2016
  7. Nov
  8. 8

    Nov 8, 2016 - Voters Approve Ranked Choice Voting

    388,273 voters approve RCV which will go into effect January 7, 2017 and apply to elections after January 1, 2018.

  9. 2017
  10. Feb
  11. 2

    Feb 2, 2017 - Maine Senate Questions Constitutionality

    The state Senate requests Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justices provide an opinion on the constitutionality of RCV as applied to general elections for State Representative, State Senator, and Governor.

  12. May
  13. 23

    May 23, 2017 - Maine Supreme Judicial Court Issue Opinion

    The Justices issue a unanimous advisory opinion that finds a “solemn occasion,” and concludes that the parts of RCV that apply to general elections for State Rep., State Senator, and Governor are unconstitutional under Maine’s Constitution.

  14. Jun

    June, 2017 - Special Legislative Session Passes Delay of RCV

    During a special session, the Legislature passes “An Act to Implement Ranked-choice Voting in 2021.” The act delays implementation until December 1, 2021 unless voters ratify a Maine constitutional amendment. If no constitutional change is made, RCV is indefinitely postponed.

  15. Nov
  16. 4

    Nov 4, 2017 - Act to Implement RCV Signed into Law

    The act to delay the implementation of RCV in Maine’s elections is signed into law without the Governor’s signature.

  17. 6

    Nov 6, 2017 - People’s Veto Petitions Approved for Circulation

    In order to overturn the delay to RCV’s implementation, proponents of RCV go through the People’s Veto process. The Secretary of State gives approval to begin collecting voter signatures.

  18. 2018
  19. Mar
  20. 5

    Mar 5, 2018 - People’s Veto Petition Signatures are Validated

    In order to overturn the delay to RCV’s implementation, proponents of RCV go through the People’s Veto process. The Secretary of State gives approval to begin collecting voter signatures.

  21. 29

    Mar 29, 2018 - Secretary Confirms RCV for June 2018 Primary

    Secretary Dunlap states that his office intends to use ranked choice voting while awaiting any legal or legislative guidance.

  22. 30

    Mar 30, 2018 - Committee for Ranked Choice Voting Files Restraining Order

    The Committee files a motion for a temporary restraining order with the Kennebec County Superior Court, stating that the conflicting statute is “repealed by implication” and therefore the ranked-choice voting law applies. The order seeks to require Secretary of State to implement ranked-choice voting for the June 12 primary.

  23. Apr
  24. 2

    Apr 2, 2018 - Senate Authorizes Legal Counsel to Challenge RCV

    The State Senate authorizes Senate President Michael Thibodeau to hire legal counsel to challenge the use of ranked choice voting in the June 12 primary.

  25. 3

    Apr 3, 2018 - Justice Grants Restraining Order

    Justice Michaela Murphy grants the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting’s temporary restraining order. This requires Secretary of State to implement ranked choice voting for the June 12 primary.

  26. Apr 3, 2018 - Senate Files Lawsuit

    The Senate files a lawsuit against the Secretary of State in Kennebec County Superior Court, seeking a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.

  27. 9

    Apr 9, 2018 - The Committee Joins Senate’s Lawsuit

    Justice Murphy grants a request by the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting to become a party in the Senate’s lawsuit.

  28. 17

    Apr 17, 2018 - Court Findings Issues

    The Law Court issues its decision in the Senate’s case, determining that ranked choice voting is in effect for the June 12, 2018 primary.

    The Secretary of State acknowledges the ruling and his intention to implement RCV.

  29. Jun
  30. 12

    June 12, 2018 -Ranked Choice Voting in the Primary

    A number of races are subject to RCV, a couple have majority winners and do not move to ranked choice voting rounds, and a few have no majority winner and move into the the next rounds. Tabulation and certification continues into the week after the election and final results of the rounds are announced Wednesday evening, June 20, 2018.

  31. Apr 12, 2018 - Voters Approve People’s Veto

    The People’s Veto referendum is approved, meaning that ranked choice voting will continue to be used in Maine primary elections for U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress in the general election, beginning November 6, 2018.

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