- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - House Republicans are asking Maine Attorney General Janet Mills for a legal opinion on whether ranked-choice voting is constitutional.

Fifty-six House Republicans signed on to a letter to Mills from Rep. Heather Sirocki - a Scarborough Republican who believes the measure violates the Maine Constitution.

A petition to establish ranked-choice voting will be on the state ballot in November. The measure would apply to federal and state races after Jan. 1, 2018.

Kyle Bailey, campaign manager for the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, says the group consulted with legal experts and was assured that the system is constitutional. Because the system would not be implemented until 2018, lawmakers have time to make changes, he said.


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