Resources for Ranked-choice Voting (RCV)

The November 6, 2018 General Election will be conducted using a system of ranked-choice voting for the offices of U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress, in which there are more than two candidates. Those races include:

  • The U.S. Senate race Incumbent U.S. Sen. Angus King (I), Maine Sen. Eric Brakey (R ), and Zak Ringelstein (D)
  • The U.S. Congressional District 1 race: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D), Mark Holbrook (R), and Maine Rep. Martin Grohman (I)
  • The U.S. Congressional District 2 race: Incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R), Maine Rep. Jared Golden (D), Tiffany Bond (I) and William Hoar (I).

In these races, voters will have an opportunity to vote for their first-choice candidate and to rank the remaining candidates in order of preference (i.e. second choice, third choice, etc.).

Ranked-choice voting in Maine (explainer animation):Cartoon Image of the Ranked-choice Voting video link

This animated video provides voters with an explanation of the voting process, tabulation and all other aspects of voting in an RCV election.

How do I properly mark the ranked-choice ballot?

View these 10 examples of marked ballots to see how you can mark your ballot to make sure your vote is counted accurately.

Sample ballots are not yet available for the November 6, 2018 General Election.


Have questions about ranked-choice voting? Find the answers.

Printable (PDF)

Fact Sheet:

This PDF provides the facts voters need to know about voting in a ranked-choice election.


Emergency Rule Adopted May 11, 2018 - (Word Doc) - (PDF)
Summary of Comments and Responses for Rules

Rules Establishing Procedures for Requesting and Conducting Recounts of Elections Determined by Ranked-choice Voting (Word Doc) - (PDF)

Timeline of Ranked-choice Voting in Maine:

This timeline shows the legislative and legal history of this new method of voting in the State of Maine. Timeline (Word Doc) and (PDF) format.