Richard Winger: Maine Adopts Instant Runoff

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Richard Winger
Richard Winger

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters embraced the use of instant runoff voting (IRV) for all future elections to Congress and state offices. This is the first time any state have implemented IRV, an idea that has been championed by electoral reformists — among other ideas — for twenty years.  IRV implements ranked choices in multiple rounds until a true majority candidate emerges (instead of, for instance, a minority candidate who is elected because multiple other candidates split the remaining vote).

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