The Latest: Electoral reformer decries ‘sore loser lawsuit’

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit challenging Maine’s voting system (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

The leader of an electoral reform group that pressed for a 2016 referendum in which Mainers approved a new voting system is decrying a “sore loser lawsuit.”

Rob Richie from FairVote said Tuesday he believes a federal judge will rule in favor of Maine’s “ranked-choice voting” system, which was used for the first time in U.S. House and Senate races.

Republican Rep. Poliquin, one of the plaintiffs, received the most first-place votes on Election Day and believes he should be declared the winner.

But the ranked-choice voting system requires additional voting rounds because neither he nor Democrat Jared Golden won an outright majority.

The system lets voters rank candidates from first to last. It provides for eliminations of last-place candidates and reallocations of votes to ensure a majority winner.

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10:40 a.m.

Maine’s top election official says he won’t stop tabulations despite a lawsuit by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three others over the state’s new voting system, used for the first time in U.S. House and Senate elections.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks a preliminary injunction, and a lawyer asked to stop the process of additional voting tabulations until a federal judge rules. Maine’s secretary of state declined to stop the process.

Poliquin received the most first-place votes on Election Day and believes he should be declared the winner. But the ranked-choice voting system requires additional voting rounds because neither he nor Democrat Jared Golden won an outright majority.

The system lets voters rank candidates from first to last. It provides for eliminations of last-place candidates and reallocations of votes to ensure a majority winner.

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10:15 a.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three other voters are suing over Maine’s new voting system used for the first time in U.S. House and Senate elections.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court. It seeks a preliminary injunction, and a lawyer for Poliquin’s campaign asked to stop the process of additional voting tabulations until a judge can rule.

Poliquin received the most first-place votes on Election Day and believes he should be declared the winner. But the ranked-choice voting system requires additional voting rounds because neither he nor Democrat Jared Golden won an outright majority.

The voting system approved by referendum in 2016 lets voters rank candidates from first to last on the ballot. It provides for eliminations of last-place candidates and reallocations of votes to ensure that the winner gets a majority.

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10 a.m.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and three other voters are suing over Maine’s new voting system used for the first time in U.S. House and Senate elections.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court, seeks a preliminary injunction and the campaign asked to stop the process of additional voting tabulations until a judge can rule.

Poliquin received the most first-place votes on Election Day and believe he should be declared the winner. But the ranked-choice voting system requires additional voting rounds because neither he nor Democrat Jared Golden won an outright majority.

The voting system approved by referendum in 2016 lets voters rank candidates from first to last on the ballot. It provides for eliminations of last-place candidates and reallocations of votes to ensure that the winner gets a majority.

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