- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 7, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The state’s highest court is set to consider weighing in on the constitutionality of a new voting scheme approved by voters last fall.

Ranked-choice voting would let Maine residents rank their ballot choices from first to last. Supporters say it ensures a candidate wins majority support while eliminating the impact of spoilers.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is set to decide whether they should weigh in and if so, whether Maine’s constitution allows ranked-choice voting.

Oral arguments are scheduled for April 13, while briefs will be submitted by early March. Legislators, GOP. Gov. Paul LePage, the Secretary of State and others can file legal briefs.

Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau said lawmakers desperately need the court’s guidance to prevent uncertainty in the outcome of future elections.



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