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Ranked Choice Voting

Thanks to Ranked Choice Voting, voters in Maine can safely vote for the US Senate candidate they like the most, without fear of "spoiling" the election.

Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting law is likely to play a significant role in the 2020 US Senate race, especially with incumbent Susan Collins polling as the least popular senator in the nation. As a strong progressive candidate, Lisa expects to bring more voters to the polls under RCV, and avoids the so-called “spoiler” role as voters will be able to rank their preferred candidates.

According to, “With ranked choice voting for single-winner offices, if no candidate has a majority in first-choices, the candidates in last place will be eliminated one-by-one. If a voter's first choice is eliminated, their vote instantly goes to their second choice. That way, we can find out which of the top candidates has real majority support.”

Check out our shareable Ranked-Choice Voting infographic series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Ranked-choice voting flowchart illustrated by campaign volunteer William Hessian:


For more info, read's ranked-choice voting FAQs or check out these resources: has a wealth of information and resources about ranked-choice voting.

Maine Secretary of State video on ranked-choice voting in Maine (4:25):

Minnesota Public Radio video: How does ranked-choice voting work? (1:10)

Comedian Ron Placone: Ranked-Choice Voting Explained in Under 2 Minutes (1:36)

We're doing elections wrong - Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (covers ranked-choice voting starting around 20:00)

Radiolab - Tweak the Vote (covers ranked-choice voting in Ireland, San Francisco, and Minneapolis) (1:06:43)