Maine’s highest court opened the door for the first-ever use of ranked-choice voting in a presidential election on Tuesday, ruling that opponents of the process had failed to collect enough signatures to trigger another statewide referendum. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturned a lower court ruling that would have blocked the use of ranked-choice voting in the presidential contest on Nov. 3. Instead, the state’s high court agreed that the Maine Secretary of State’s Office was justified in invalidating roughly 1,000 petition signatures submitted by the Maine Republican Party and other opponents of ranked-choice voting. Kevin Miller, The Press Herald.
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