Maine rematch could be a bellwether for control of Congress
AUBURN, Maine — (AP) — Donald Trump isn't on the ballot in Maine's 2nd Congressional District this year, but his brand of politics is. The race is a rematch for Golden and Poliquin, who ran for the same seat in 2018, when Golden emerged victorious by a razor-thin margin. Poliquin, who represented the 2nd District as a moderate Republican from 2014 to 2018, has shifted his own messaging rightward to try to take advantage of those headwinds. She said she’s voting for him in part because she’s concerned about Democrats losing control of Congress. But it'll also be closer simply because the 2nd District is unpredictable, he said.wftv.com
Berwyn voters endorse concept of ranked choice voting, an electoral method some call the future of democracy. Evanston might soon do it for real.
Ranked choice voting, long pitched as a reform by good government organizations, lets voters rank candidates instead of selecting just one.chicagotribune.com
US Reps. Mace, Rice face GOP voters after defying Trump
In Texas, a special primary election is being held to serve the remaining months of former Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela's term. Key congressional races to follow in Tuesday's primary elections in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Texas:CROSSING TRUMP: SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICANS FACE CHALLENGERSRep. Tom Rice, a five-term congressman, attracted a half-dozen GOP challengers after his vote to impeach Trump. PRIMARY CHALLENGE IN NEVADA’S SAFEST GOP HOUSE SEATRep. Mark Amodei is facing a primary challenge from a perennial candidate with a famous last name. Golden’s victory over Poliquin was the first congressional election decided by ranked-choice voting in U.S. history. To get there, he must stave off a primary challenge from Liz Caruso, the first selectwoman of the tiny town of Caratunk.wftv.com
Maine's Golden is lone Democrat to vote down COVID-19 bill
Golden was the only Democrat lawmaker to break with his party and vote against the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Rep. Jared Golden, who has represented Maine's 2nd Congressional District since 2019, was the only lawmaker from either party to break ranks on the bill. AdThe only other Democrat to oppose the relief bill in its first time through the House was Kurt Schrader of Oregon. It was the sole congressional district in New England to support President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Lewiston is about 35 miles north of Portland, the largest city in the state and the heart of the very liberal 1st Congressional District.
Maine's ranked choice voting rules and procedures, explained
Maine's use of ranked voting comes as Alaska and Massachusetts voters consider statewide votes to adopt the voting method. Ranked voting arrives on Maine’s presidential ballots in a year when three of the state’s four electoral votes could be up for grabs. ___HOW WE GOT HEREVoters in the state approved the adoption of ranked voting in a 2016 referendum drive. Opponents, including the Maine Republican Party, have said ranked choice voting is too confusing and violates the principle of one person, one vote. They sued unsuccessfully to try to stop the state from using ranked choice voting for president this year.
Ranked voting in Maine a go for presidential election
PORTLAND, Maine – Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded a GOP petition drive came up short. Under the voting system, voters are allowed to rank all five candidates on the ballot. Supporters say the voting system eliminates the impact of so-called “spoiler candidates” and produces a majority winner. The constitutionality of the voting system has been twice upheld by a federal judge in Maine. But ranked voting is not used in the governor’s race or legislative contests because it runs afoul of the Maine Constitution.