Here’s What Your Primary Ballot Will Look Like Today
If you haven't made plans to vote in today's primary election yet... get out and do it!
Maine has same-day voter registration, so there's no excuse to not vote. Remember, if you don't vote, you can't complain!
Today, Maine is set to become the first state in the Union to use a system of vote counting called Ranked Choice Voting, which lets you rank candidates in order of preference, instead of just choosing one. Here's everything you need to know about Ranked Choice Voting.
Now, here's what you can expect to see on your state ballot when you vote today.
According to the Maine Office of the Secretary of State, there are only four races that will be decided by Ranked Choice counting. The Democratic and Republican nominations for Governor, the Democratic nomination for Congress in the second congressional district, and one Republican primary for the Maine House of Representatives. Ranked Choice counting is only used in races with three or more candidates.
Here's the ballot for the Democratic nomination for Governor:
Here's the ballot for the Republican nomination for Governor:
And here's Question 1 on the ballot across Maine:
Question 1: Do you want to reject the parts of a new law that would delay the use of ranked-choice voting in the election of candidates for any state or federal office until 2022, and then retain the method only if the constitution is amended by December 1, 2021, to allow ranked-choice voting for candidates in state elections?