Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has unveiled a new section of the State's department website offering several informational resources for voters who are seeking to educate themselves about ranked-choice voting.

On June 12, 2018, this method of voting will be used for the first time ever in a statewide election as voters cast their ballots in the Primary Election.  It is important to note that this method of voting will only be used for certain State ballot candidate races.  It will not be used for any municipal ballot. 

Now available on the RCV Resources page are:

  • Sample ballots for all ranked-choice voting races (Only races with three or more candidates will employ the ranked-choice voting process, which requires that one candidate receive a majority of the vote)
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • A printable PDF “RCV Fact Sheet” for voters to review and share with others in preparation for marking their ballot
  • An implementation plan showing the department’s progress and preparation for ranked-choice voting
  • A timeline showing how the State of Maine came to use this voting method in the June 12, 2018 Primary Election
  • The draft rules that will govern the process of administering ranked-choice voting, along with the public comments on those rules

Additional resources will soon be added to the RCV Resources page, including:

  • The final version of the rules
  • An easy-to-understand animation explaining how to mark the ranked-choice ballot and how votes will be tabulated

Follow the Maine Department of the Secretary of State on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates regarding additional information and voter education outreach efforts prior to the June 12 Primary Election.




RCV Voter Information Outreach Tour Secretary of State

Matthew Dunlap will make four stops across the state during the month of May to provide information to voters regarding the new ranked-choice voting method that will be used in the June 12 Primary Election. Secretary Dunlap will host information sessions in:

• Biddeford: Monday, May 14, 4-6 p.m., McArthur Public Library, 270 Main Street

• Bangor: Tuesday, May 15, 4-6 p.m., Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street

• Presque Isle: Monday, May 21, 4-6 p.m., Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Public Library, 39 2nd Street

• Lewiston: Tuesday, May 29, 4-6 p.m. Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St.,

For those who are unable to attend the presentations, Secretary Dunlap will also offer the presentation and question-and-answer session via Facebook LIVE on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m., on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State Facebook page.