In September, the Maine Supreme Court sided with the state’s Democratic Secretary of State and rejected a Republican challenge to the system that would allow voters to rank all candidates by preference and consider a voter’s next election if their first Candidate not doing this has enough votes to be viable. The winner must have more than 50% of the vote.
The state Republicans asked the Supreme Court to intervene and postpone the state Supreme Court’s opinion. The petition went to Breyer, who is responsible for the lower court.
That five-person jury ruled that the Secretary of State had acted correctly in rejecting an electoral referendum on the future of the ranked election ̵
1; which would have meant Maine could not use the method in this year’s election.
The petition is the latest twist in a long election battle in Maine. The ranked vote was approved by Maine residents in 2016 and used in the 2018 election that resulted in the overthrow of then Republican MP Bruce Poliquin by Democrat Jared Golden. It was the first time in US history that a federal race was decided by the electoral system.
The voting system could now be a challenge for Republican Senator Susan Collins, who is standing for re-election against Democrat Sara Gideon, spokeswoman for the State House.
Maine is expected to be the first state to use the system during a presidential election.