Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Oakland/Bangor), who placed first on election night by 1,910 votes but lost Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting run-off system that allows people who vote for losing candidates to have a second and possibly third vote count toward the ultimate election, lost his seat to Democrat Jared Golden (D-Lewiston) as a result of the unique system.
After the election, Mr. Poliquin sued in federal court claiming the system is unconstitutional, but yesterday the judge rejected his case. Thus, constitutionality of the Ranked Choice system was upheld even though the state Supreme Court has ruled it unconstitutional for state races. It is unclear if Mr. Poliquin will appeal yesterday’s ruling.
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