It looks like Maine is going to try out a new system for statewide elections. It works like this:
Maine will be the first place to use the system, called ranked-choice voting, in statewide races this June (it’s already used in some local elections). The system kicks in for contests that have three or more candidates. Here’s how it works:Interesting. Louisiana (and several other states) use what is called a "jungle" primary, where all candidates from whatever party compete in one primary. The top two vote-getters move to the primary, regardless of party affiliation. Our system lads to some weird results, but after several decades of using that system, we're used to it.
Voters rank the candidates in their party’s primary in order of preference.
If no candidate gets an outright majority, the candidate who got the fewest first-place votes is eliminated.
The second-place votes of those who supported the eliminated candidate then get distributed to the remaining candidates.
The process continues until one candidate gets more than 50 percent of the first-place votes and is declared the winner.
The ranked-choice system is innovative and certainly bears watching.