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Help MUUSAN protect Ranked-Choice Voting!
 

• This ballot initiative received our HIGHEST ENDORSEMENT.

• So many in our UU congregations worked so hard to win it. 

• Our victory was noted as "THE MOST VALUABLE STATE

ELECTORAL REFORM" by The Nation on its 2016 Progressive

Honor Roll
(4th item from bottom).

 
But now it's in trouble and needs our action. 

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Ranked Choice Voting was approved by voters last November. It's the law of the State of Maine. But that hasn’t stopped opponents in Augusta from actively seeking to delay implementation, with the ultimate goal of repealing the law.

The State Senate will consider a rare procedural move -- as early as this Tuesday -- that would call into question the constitutionality of Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting law. We need your help to defend the law NOW:

Call your Senator at (207) 287-1540. Tell them to vote "NAY" on a procedural advisory opinion to delay RCV implementation.

Talking Points

  • The Legislature should honor the will of the people and implement Maine's Ranked Choice Voting law in full for 2018. During a two year campaign, voters heard arguments in support of and in opposition to it. On Election Day, a majority -- nearly 400,000 Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Greens, and Libertarians -- voted to adopt Ranked Choice Voting for elections starting in 2018. Lawmakers should respect the will of the people and vote against an advisory opinion.
     
  • Seeking an advisory opinion on existing Maine law is an unprecedented procedural move by opponents to draw the Maine Supreme Court into a political debate that has already been settled by Maine people. The Legislature should not fall into the trap of calling into question the integrity of our election system, the integrity of future elections that utilize Ranked Choice Voting, and the separation of powers. Lawmakers should vote against this rare procedural move to undermine existing Maine law.
     
  • Courts in four states have ruled that Ranked Choice Voting upholds the principle of one person, one vote, ensures that candidates with the most votes -- a plurality -- are elected, and gives more voice to the people. Seeking an advisory opinion is a last ditch effort by opponents who lost at the ballot box to raise doubts about the law and slow down its implementation. Lawmakers should vote against an advisory opinion.

Call your Senator at (207) 287-1540. Tell them to vote "NAY" on a procedural advisory opinion to delay RCV implementation.

Thank you for helping to defend the law,

Kyle Bailey, Campaign Manager

P.S. For a list of State Senators by town, please click here.

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