Many perspectives, 1 simple etiquette

Maine Primary Voters Agree: Ranked Choice Voting Simple, Fair, and Easy

Author: Fair Vote
Created: 18 June, 2018
Updated: 17 October, 2022
2 min read

The League of Women Voters of Maine announced results of an on-line survey asking how voters liked using ranked choice voting in the June 12 primary.

The informal survey does not purport to represent the views of the population as a whole but provides a useful snapshot of voter attitude coming out of the primary. The results and robust response rate -- over 650 participants -- reveal broad satisfaction with the use of RCV. Findings include:

  • Only 8 percent of respondents had ever used RCV in a previous election.
  • More than 94 percent of respondents took the opportunity to rank their candidates instead of voting for just one.
  • More than 90 percent of respondents said that their experience using RCV in the primary was either “excellent” or “good.”
  • Only 4 percent of respondents said that their voting experience diminished their view of RCV.

“This survey is consistent with what we have been saying all along -- voters are empowered by ranked choice voting, and it is an option they wish to preserve,” said Jill Ward, President of the LWVME.  “The overwhelming majority of the comments we received through the survey were positive,” said Ward. “The League will be analyzing those comments in the coming days, but it’s clear that ranked choice voting is here to stay.”

The League credits the Secretary of State for implementing ranked choice voting under time pressure and with the eyes of the nation upon Maine.  “We salute the clerks, wardens, volunteers, and others who made the election go smoothly and are assured that the counting of RCV results in the coming days will be conducted with the same professionalism,” said Ward.

For the last six months the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has been conducting a public education project, “Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting,” for the purpose of educating voters and others involved in the June election. Learn more about RCV at Maine Uses RCV’s website: www.mainerankedchoice.vote. Please also visitwww.LWVME.org and www.mainecleanelections.org for information about the organizations behind this project.

More information on the survey is below.

Editor's Note: this article originally published on FairVote's blog on June 15, 2018

Read more

fair maps
Gerrymandering Reform: Are We Asking the Wrong Question?
Photo Credit:  ...
01 March, 2024
7 min read
joined hands
10 Reasons Why Americans Are Not as Divided as You Think
Photo by on  Party leaders, politicians, and media pundits and talking heads would have US voters b...
28 February, 2024
7 min read
LetUsVote: New Campaign Launches to End Discrimination Against Independent Voters
Open Primaries, in partnership with Unite America, announced the launch of LetUsVote Wednesday, a nationwide initiative that aims to mobilize and empower independent voters, who make up the largest voting bloc in the US but are treated like second-class voters....
27 February, 2024
4 min read
For Good or Bad, Primary Changes May Be Coming to Elections Near You
Photo Credit:  The last couple of years have seen an increase in states looking to change their prim...
26 February, 2024
4 min read
The Primary Problem: Only 8% of Voters Elect 83% of Our Representatives
In his latest podcast, former Democratic presidential candidate and Forward Party Co-Founder Andrew ...
26 February, 2024
3 min read
Blame This One on Secretary of State Weber
Eight years ago, there was a competition still in play between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton wh...
26 February, 2024
4 min read