Poliquin sues Secretary of State to stop ranked-choice voting in CD2

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin is suing the Secretary of State to stop the enforcement of ranked-choice voting in the Second Congressional District race.

Poliquin is among four people who filed the lawsuit in federal court in Bangor Tuesday morning.

Ranked-choice voting is being used for the first time in a federal election to decide the outcome between Poliquin and Democratic challenger Jared Golden.

Poliquin received the most first-place votes on Election Day and believes he should be declared the winner.

Neither he nor Golden, though, garnered the 50 percent of the vote needed to be deemed the winner under ranked-choice voting.

Poliquin is asking for a preliminary injunction of the retabulation that takes second and third place choices of the two candidates knocked out of the race and distributes those choices to the remaining candidates.

He wants a judge to rule on the matter.

The chairman of the Penobscot County Republican Committee, Brett Baber, who's also a lawyer, is a plaintiff, too.

We reached out to Dunlap about the lawsuit and he said he will not comment on it.