Abbie Ryder and Chris Cayer, education directors with The Chamberlain Project Foundation
Abbie Ryder and Chris Cayer, education directors with The Chamberlain Project Foundation
The Lincoln County Democratic Committee (LCDC) will hold an informational session on ranked-choice voting (RCV) on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Newcastle Fire Station, 86 River Road. Led by Abbie Ryder of the Chamberlain Project Foundation, the program will offer non-partisan background on RCV, an explanation of how the system works, and a sample ballot. The public is welcome.

RCV was passed by citizens’ referendum in November 2016. Last year, the Maine Legislature voted to trigger a repeal of the law in 2021 if the Legislature is unable to pass a Constitutional amendment. But in March 2018, a “people’s veto” petition to repeal that law and restore RCV use for some elections was certified by the Maine Secretary of State. That veto will be on the ballot at the June 12 election. At the same time, Maine voters will use RCV for the state and federal primaries, becoming the first state in the country to use RCV statewide.

The Chamberlain Project Foundation, a 501c(3) organization, was created to support the RCV initiative and is required by law to stay neutral on any political campaign. For more information, visit www.morevoice.org.