Bill addresses Constitutional concerns, goes ‘under the hammer’ in first vote

AUGUSTA — The Maine House on Thursday gave initial approval to legislation to amend Maine’s constitution to allow for the implementation of Ranked-Choice Voting in 10 state and federal elections and primaries. As a constitutional amendment, LD 1624 must be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature at final enactment. It would then be sent to the voters for approval or rejection.

Speaker Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“Mainers asked for election reform and it is our responsibility to respect their wishes, while upholding our duty as legislators. Today, the House took the first steps in amending the constitution to allow full implementation of ranked choice voting. While this process is ongoing and we still have many votes to take, I urge my colleagues to support this legislation and send it to voters for approval. “

LD 1624, “RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting” — as amended in the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, would amend Maine’s constitution to give authority over the form and structure of elections to the Legislature, to be determined in statute. The effect of that amendment would be to allow current statute, which implements ranked-choice voting, to stand.