Today I voted.

By Catherine Cooper | Jun 12, 2018

Today I voted at the Rockland Rec Center in downtown Rockland. The 1st question is regarding rank choice voting. It is a long awkwardly worded question that isn't very clear. It looks like you answer YES to oppose it, was this deliberate?

Vote NO on rank choice voting (question 1) it dilutes your vote and you have no idea if the votes will be calculated properly. Also, as Matt Dunlap, the secretary of state has said, it WILL take days, possibly up to a week to process your vote. This doesn't sound like a simple, easy process to me.

Vote NO! on rank choice voting!

Comments (11)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 15, 2018 06:48

But RCV works, Catherine, which is why Republicans hate it.  A wall anywhere, however, is an outdated idea that never worked before.  Just ask the Chinese or the people of Berlin.  People who build walls merely trap themselves inside while the rest of the world moves on.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 14, 2018 18:04

Ron, your opinion is that RCV is worth every penny, and I say any money spent on a wall to keep illegals out of our country is worth every penny.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 14, 2018 06:36

And worth every penny.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 13, 2018 23:40

A typical primary election costs approximately $250,000. The additional cost to conduct ranked choice voting in the primary election is about $80,000. This includes the cost of: software/hardware upgrades, temporary staff to help with tabulation, lease of a high speed ballot tabulator, and security for a central counting facility. In addition, implementation of ranked choice voting for the gubernatorial and congressional primaries will require transportation of ballots or tabulator memory devices from municipalities across the state to a centralized RCV counting facility. A professional courier service will be contracted for this work, at an estimated cost of $31,000.
Thus, an RCV primary is estimated to cost a total of approximately $360,000. My source is Secretary of State website

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 13, 2018 22:12

Two points tonight: Expect a lawsuit due to the confusing wording on the ballot on question 1. In line in Rockland the polling judge was asked several times if saying yes on question 1 meant no and if no meant yes to keep it. She said she could not say. It should have been worded as "Do you want to keep Rank Choice Voting?" Yes or No. And 2nd, Shawn Moody, due to Republicans only stating the 1st choice and not naming a 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice made Shawn Moody a clear winner. He started campaigning today! Thank you those who wanted Rank Choice Voting!

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 13, 2018 18:23

Kudos to Channel 6 News for calling out LePage on his blatant lie about Maine having already tried rank choice voting.  It's about time the real news started fact checking the nonsense being spewed in this age of trump.

Posted by: Karla Schwarze | Jun 13, 2018 15:56

Ironically, even if all Republicans had placed 2nd and 3rd choices, you still would have wound up with Moody being elected on election night, because that's how it works.  If someone gets over 50%, they've won.

Advice on voting methods should come from people that understand them.   Having to wait a few days for election results isn't a big deal.  Having to wait over an hour for a table for dinner, now that's a big deal.


Posted by: Allison C Morrill | Jun 13, 2018 09:45

RCV does not "dilute your vote."  It gives you a 2nd crack at choosing a candidate in case your 1st choice candidate is an underdog. That ensures that your vote gets counted, one way or another, instead of being wasted. I don't mind the wait; it's for a very good cause.

Posted by: Karen A Grove | Jun 13, 2018 08:22

The question was put forward in a very awkward way.  I thought that kind of phrasing was not to be done on ballots any longer.  It makes me wonder how many other people found it confusing.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Jun 13, 2018 05:57

But it's worth the wait.  After all, demanding instant gratification isn't a sign of political maturity.  And it's enough to know that ranked choice won the day.

Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Jun 13, 2018 00:08

As I said, Yes on rank choice voting sounded as  though it was No on rank choice voting. It was an awkward, rambling question. Why wasn't it asked like this "Do you support rank choice voting?" Yes or No? Like rank choice voting it was/is confusing. On a separate note, ironically since most republicans voted for their 1 candidate with no 2nd or 3rd or 4th choice made, our candidate was selected tonight, congratulations to Shawn Moody on his win the traditional way. And you rank choice voting democrats, you have to wait and see who you get. Funny and Ironic how that worked out!

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