No! on Rank Choice Voting.

By Catherine Cooper | Jun 11, 2018

On Tuesday, here in Maine, vote No! on the issue of Rank Choice Voting. It goes against the 1 person = 1 vote that's written in the Maine Constitution. It dilutes your vote and is not legal as our Constitution stands now. If you have contributed financially to 1 candidate, why would you assist an opposing candidate?

Billionaires and wealthy special interest groups from around the United States have targeted Maine for this 'experiment' with our voting system. It is mind-blowing to watch news reports saying Maine's election is an “experiment” - it is offensive that the entire foundation of our state government is subject to experimentation by out-of-state forces.


When voting for your candidate fill in the oval next to their name and STOP, do not fill out a 2nd or 3rd etc.Your ballot WILL count, I checked with the Secretary of State's office and was told yes, it will count that way. Please share this, the integrity of elections is at stake.



Comments (10)
Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 12, 2018 19:00

That's interesting about what you say on women's right to vote. First, let's start with the freeing of the slaves by Republicans, how very liberal of us republicans. And I read about Woodrow Wilson and found this tidbit:When the Amendment was submitted to the states, 26 of the 36 states that ratified it had Republican legislatures. Of the nine states that voted against ratification, eight were Democratic. Twelve states, all Republican, had given women full suffrage before the federal amendment was ratified. Actually Woodrow Wilson fought against women’s right to vote harder and longer than almost any other politician of his day.. Ranked Choice Voting doesn't do anything to make voting any quicker or easier

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 12, 2018 17:22

Keep in mind, Catherine, that had it not been for "liberals" -or progressives, if you will- at the turn of the twentieth century you wouldn't be able to vote at all.  And that goes for many Americans especially those now being disenfranchised by conservatives in many Republican states.  Ranked choice isn't difficult except those for whom anything new is considered dangerous and questionable;  Conservatives, in a word.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 12, 2018 10:15

Ron, some of the best minds in the country are conservatives. I am not here to put liberals down. I don't see how rank choice voting helps either side. You like a candidate and now you have to deal with the order to rank them. I gave money to a candidate and want only that candidate, now why would I want to vote for someone else? Anyway, I voted today and the question is worded so poorly on the ballot, it is one long run on question. I won't respond to you if all you want to do is say conservatives are lazy thinkers or whatever some liberal psychiatrist who was educated in a liberal school wants to say about conservatives.

Posted by: Katherine Holland | Jun 12, 2018 06:56

  • On November 8, 2016, a majority of Maine voters approved Ranked Choice Voting at the ballot box in the second largest referendum vote by the people in our state’s history, and it became enacted law.

  • On October 23, 2017, a majority in the Maine Legislature disregarded the will of the people and repealed the people’s Ranked Choice Voting law in a special late-night session.

  • On February 2, 2018, Maine people collected more than 80,000 signatures in 88 days to place a People’s Veto on the June 12, 2018 ballot to protect the people’s Ranked Choice Voting law.

On June 12, 2018, YOU will have the opportunity to stand up to the Maine Legislature and insist on MORE VOICE in our democracy by voting YES on Question 1, the People’s Veto to protect Ranked Choice Voting.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 12, 2018 06:36

Right back at ya', Catherine.  And here's an interesting article that might prove revealing.


“...  a study published in the journal "Psychological Science" showed that children who score low on intelligence tests gravitate toward socially conservative political views in adulthood--perhaps because conservative ideologies stress "structure and order" that make it easier to understand a complicated world.

And now there's the new study linking conservative ideologies to "low-effort" thinking.

"People endorse conservative ideology more when they have to give a first or fast response," the study's lead author, University of Arkansas psychologist Dr. Scott Eidelman, said in a written statement released by the university.

Does the finding suggest that conservatives are lazy thinkers?

"Not quite," Dr. Eidelman told The Huffington Post in an email. "Our research shows that low-effort thought promotes political conservatism, not that political conservatives use low-effort thinking."

For the study, a team of psychologists led by Dr. Eidelman asked people about their political viewpoints in a bar and in a laboratory setting.

Bar patrons were asked about social issues before blowing into a Breathalyzer. As it turned out, the political viewpoints of patrons with high blood alcohol levels were more likely to be conservative than were those of patrons whose blood alcohol levels were low.

But it wasn't just the alcohol talking, according to the statement. When the researchers conducted similar interviews in the lab, they found that people who were asked to evaluate political ideas quickly or while distracted were more likely to express conservative viewpoints.

"Keeping people from thinking too much...or just asking them to deliberate or consider information in a cursory manner can impact people's political attitudes, and in a way that consistently promotes political conservatism," Dr. Eidelman said in the email.”

The study was published online in the journal "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin."

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 11, 2018 18:22

"If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart.
If you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain."
attributed to many fine conservatives including Winston Churchill

Apparently, you can't change a typo on the comment section.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 11, 2018 18:19

"If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart.
Of you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain."
attributed to many fine conservatives including Winston Churchill

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 11, 2018 18:15


Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 11, 2018 18:14

RON!! I've missed you! The explanation I got when a clipboard wielding man came to me to sign, which I did not, the petition made it seem like it was the 'fairest' of fair methods for voting and I should sign the petition. People put the most positive of spins, on both sides of the aisle, to convince someone that is it is in their favor to sign said petition. I don't see how this helps anyone. Let's say you have your heart set on Mark Eves or Janet Mills. There are many scenarios that this person may not win the nomination. In a straight up primary it is a between the front runner, my belief on your side is Janet Mills , but with your vote having to filter through others voting and so many other candidates involved. Potentially as even SOS Matt Dunlap has said it could be a week to tally the votes. In elections, so many are cynical of the voting process and if their vote even matters, this adds to this thought process. And to answer your  question "How many times do we have to hear that tired old excuse?" I would say as often as us conservatives have to hear the tired old it favors the top 1%, the rich in office and wealthy donors, when in fact Nancy Pelosi, the Clinton's and even Bernie are rich.  I know you are happy I am back on, Ron and I leave you with a quote as you did so for me.


Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 11, 2018 14:52

"Out of state forces?"  How many times do we have to hear that tired old excuse for ignoring the will of the people.  Mainers have made their decision and it is the duty of the state to obey and fulfill that decision.  Ranked choice voting gives each Mainer an increased voice in government.  Every vote will count for more and the influence of every voter will be more strongly felt.  Republicans have always feared the "voice of the voter" and are now actively working against us all.


"A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time."   - Alfred E. Wiggam

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