Amy Fried & Robert W. Glover

Amy Fried is a political scientist at the University of Maine. Author of Pathways to Polling and Muffled Echoes, she is writing a book on American conservatives’ strategic promotion of distrust in government.

Robert W. Glover is a political scientist at the University of Maine who studies democratic engagement, political theory, and the politics of immigration. 

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As Maine Goes ... So Goes the Way Americans Vote?

Maine's experiment with ranked-choice voting provides a crucial test case for states and localities seeking to transform their electoral processes to better reflect the will of the people.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa Supporters of ranked-choice voting embrace outside their primary night rally shortly after polls closed in Portland, Maine. I s Maine going to change the way Americans vote? Last Tuesday, voters in Maine primaries picked candidates using ranked-choice voting (RCV) in which they were able to rank candidates rather than vote for just one of the candidates. Voters also weighed in on a referendum related to RCV for the second time in two years. This was after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court advisory opinion deemed some parts of the prior referendum unconstitutional, and the Maine State Legislature voted to delay and potentially repeal RCV. In the end, voters supported RCV and struck down the legislation, although a constitutional amendment would still be necessary for ranked choice to be used according to the 2016 referendum’s design. Over a dozen American cities currently use RCV, also known as “instant-runoff voting,” but Maine is the first state to adopt this...