Advocates Seeking To Nullify Delay of Ranked-Choice Voting

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) Supporters of ranked-choice voting are wrapping up their final push to collect signatures to thwart a legislative delay and put the system into place for the June primaries.

The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting is now submitting the signatures to town offices before delivering them to state officials before the 5 p.m. Friday deadline.

At least 61,123 signatures of registered voters are needed for a "people's veto" referendum to stop a legislative delay and allow the new system to go into effect in June.

The ranked-choice system lets voters rank ballot choices from first to last in a system that ensures the winner gets a majority. It would apply to primaries and federal races but not for gubernatorial elections or legislative races to avoid a conflict with the Maine Constitution.