Saturday, October 3, 2020

Maine State Supreme Judicial Court Refuses to Stay its Own Order that Allows Ranked Choice Voting for President

Ballot Access News

On October 1, after another oral argument, the Maine State Supreme Judicial Court refused to stay its earlier opinion about the Republican Party-sponsored referendum petition on ranked choice voting for president. Now the Maine Republicans are expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

The issue is not about the validity of ranked choice voting. It is about whether the Republican referendum petition should have been accepted by the Secretary of State. The petition had enough valid signatures, but some of the signatures were disallowed because some circulators were not registered to vote in the town in which they were working, when they started working (later they changed their registration to comply with the law). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1999 that states can’t require petitioners to be registered voters, so the Maine Supreme Court did not follow binding precedent.

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