MAINE 02 (R -- POLIQUIN) | ME-2

Judge to Rule Next Week on Legality of Ranked-Choice Voting

Bruce Poliquin filed a lawsuit claiming the process violated the Constitution.

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Ally Mutnick
Dec. 6, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

“A federal judge said Wednesday he would rule next week on a bid to nullify an election result by” Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R), “whose attorneys made the case that Maine violated the U.S. Constitution when it elected a congressional candidate using a ranked voting method. … U.S. District Judge Lance Walker announced the timeline for his decision after hearing arguments from attorneys on Wednesday. Poliquin's case hinges on a claim by his attorneys that some 8,200 voters who marked neither Poliquin nor" assistant state House Majority Leader Jared Golden (D) "on their ballots were disenfranchised by the second, ranked round of voting.” Walker is a recent appointee by President Trump.

“Attorneys for the state of Maine, Golden, and independent candidate Tiffany Bond made the case that voters were adequately informed about how the election would be decided.” (AP)

An “expert from the University of Maryland was the only witness called by Poliquin’s legal team during Wednesday’s arguments. … The are no legal precedents on which Walker can base his decision. The judge, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October, asked fewer questions Wednesday than he did at a previous hearing.” (Bangor Daily News)

Golden was declared the winner after the race progressed to ranked-choice voting.

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