Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Contact:  Kristen Schulze Muszynski
207-626-8400/ 207-441-7638

Secretary Dunlap launches ranked-choice voter information resource center online

AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has unveiled a new section of the department website offering several informational resources for voters who are seeking to educate themselves about ranked-choice voting.

On June 12, 2018, this method of voting will be used for the first time ever in a statewide election as voters cast their ballots in the Primary Election.

Now available on the RCV Resources page are:

  • Sample ballots for all ranked-choice voting races (Only races with three or more candidates will employ the ranked-choice voting process, which requires that one candidate receive a majority of the vote)
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • A printable PDF “RCV Fact Sheet” for voters to review and share with others in preparation for marking their ballot
  • An implementation plan showing the department’s progress and preparation for ranked-choice voting
  • A timeline showing how the State of Maine came to use this voting method in the June 12, 2018 Primary Election
  • The draft rules that will govern the process of administering ranked-choice voting, along with the public comments on those rules

Additional resources will soon be added to the RCV Resources page, including:

  • The final version of the rules
  • An easy-to-understand animation explaining how to mark the ranked-choice ballot and how votes will be tabulated

Follow the Maine Department of the Secretary of State on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates regarding additional information and voter education outreach efforts prior to the June 12 Primary Election. To obtain an absentee ballot, visit your town office or use the Online Absentee Ballot Request service.