Democracy Forum 5/15/20: Ranked Choice Voting: How’s It Working in 2020

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine

We will talk about ranked choice voting (RCV) in the upcoming July and November elections in Maine
RCV developments in other states
The possible effect of a people’s veto and a pending law suit, and more.

John Brautigam, senior advisor and counsel to the League of Women Voters of Maine.
Marc Roberts, Republican Representative in the Utah State Legislature

To learn more about this topic:
Maine Republicans seek to repeal ranked-choice voting in presidential elections. Portland Press Herald, February 4, 2020
Maine Voices: Ranked-choice presidential primaries would give boost to moderates, Sandy Maisel Op-ed in the Portland Press Herald, March 3, 2020
Portland voters approve expansion of ranked-choice voting, Bangor Daily News, March 3, 2020
Ranked-choice voting backers file suit seeking to block Maine GOP people’s veto effort Bangor Daily News, April 16, 2020

Pre-recorded on 5/13/2020 using Zoom technology.

The mostly-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes: Kirk Earl, Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Ann Luther, Maryann Ogonowski, Pam Person. Leah Taylor, Linda Washburn

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About the host:
Ann currently serves as Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and leads the LWVME Advocacy Team. She served as President of LWVME from 2003 to 2007 and as co-president from 2007-2009. In her work for the League, Ann has worked for greater public understanding of public policy issues and for the League’s priority issues in Clean Elections & Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, Ethics in Government, Ranked Choice Voting, and Repeal of Term Limits. Representing LWVME at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, she served that coalition as co-president from 2006 to 2011. She remains on the board of MCCE and serves as Treasurer. She is active in the LWV-Downeast and hosts their monthly radio show, The Democracy Forum, on WERU FM Community Radio -which started out in 2004 as an recurring special, and became a regular monthly program in 2012. She was the 2013 recipient of the Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Maine for her work on voting rights and elections. She joined the League in 1998 when she retired as Senior Vice President at SEI Investments. Ann was a founder of the MDI Restorative Justice Program, 1999 – 2000, and served on its Executive Board.