Ranked-choice voting might be used for the primary time in a presidential race beneath a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court docket, which concluded a GOP petition drive got here up brief.
The Supreme Judicial Court docket concluded that the Maine Republican Celebration failed to achieve the brink of signatures wanted for a “Individuals’s Veto” referendum aimed toward rejecting a state legislation that expands ranked-choice voting to the presidential election.
The GOP collected tens of hundreds of signatures however got here up shy of the wanted stage of 67,067 after some had been invalidated.
The fast-paced, 11th-hour authorized machinations adopted the secretary of state’s rejection of the referendum. The Maine GOP appealed that call and a state decide reinstated sufficient signatures to surpass the minimal by 22 signatures.