- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Voting groups, professors and politicians are weighing in on a new voting method that some say violates the Maine Constitution.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is set to consider whether to weigh in on the constitutionality of ranked-choice voting, which lets voters rank their choices from first to last.

Supporters of the existing system say it was deliberately chosen so that the winner with the most votes wins, regardless of majority. But Mainers voted in November to give the new system a try.

Ranked-choice voting advocates want the justices to stay out of the fray but the state Senate voted to put the matter before the supreme court.

University of Maine Law School professor Dmitry Bam said ranked-choice voting reaffirms the constitutional principle that the person with most votes wins.

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