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Maine Independent Candidate Invited to 4 Senate Debates

MAINE - Independent US Senate candidate Lisa Savage tweeted the announcement this week that she has been invited to four debates ahead of the hotly contested election in November. With control of the Senate at stake, a lot of eyes will be on the tight race in Maine:

As previously reported on IVN, the US Senate race in Maine is unique as it is the only Senate race that will use ranked choice voting, meaning voters don’t have to settle for just one choice -- they can rank their preferences, and the winner has to garner majority support.

This alternative voting method diminishes the need for strategic voting. Voters who support Savage can mark her as their first choice, but then indicate which major party candidate they prefer as their second choice. It changes how campaigns reach out to voters and interact with each other. Third party and independent candidates are given a voice they might not have otherwise had because their supporters may end up deciding the race.

The first debate, hosted by Bangor Daily News, the Portland Press Herald, and News Center Maine, will be televised and live-streamed on 7pm (Eastern) on September 11.

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Shawn Griffiths

Shawn is an election reform expert and National Editor of He studied history and philosophy at the University of North Texas. He joined the IVN team in 2012.

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