- Unitarian Universalism Connection
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In Nov. 2016, by the second-largest referendum margin in state history, Maine became the first state to approve Ranked-Choice Voting (“Instant Runoff Voting”), which allows voters to rank candidates by preference, avoids runoff elections, deepens voter voice and promotes civil discourse.
Ranked-Choice Voting not only strengthens voter voice, it also discourages negative campaigning, because a candidate who isn’t a voter’s #1 choice still wants to be #2 or as high on the list as possible. This is a disincentive for attack ads and blatant lies, and an enhancement to civil discourse in campaigning, which in turn gives voters better incentive to stay engaged and to participate in the democratic process.
Maine’s Ranked-Choice Voting victory was noted by The Nation as “The Most Valuable State Electoral Reform” on its 2016 Progressive Honor Roll.
However, in a special session Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, the Maine Legislature defied the will of nearly 400,000 Mainers by voting to delay and subsequently repeal Maine’s voter-approved Ranked-Choice Voting law.
Maine UUs are mobilizing to help ensure that this decision will not stand. The Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network (MUUSAN) has partnered closely with the Committee on Ranked-Choice Voting to launch a People’s Veto campaign to reinstate Ranked-Choice Voting starting with the June 2018 primary election.
We have until mid Dec. to gather more than 61,000 voter signatures to bring this “People’s Veto” of the Legislature’s action to the ballot, giving voters the opportunity to restore Ranked Choice Voting for the next election.
This Faithify campaign to support the People’s Veto will help the Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network spur UUs and friends to action through Action Alerts, encouragement on our website’s home page, frequent Facebook posts, and congregational e-blasts and newsletters. We will identify petition signature gatherers, ensure that they receive training, support their attendance at RCV campaign events, and help them return their petitions properly to ensure validation. MUUSAN will provide our congregations with tools and resources for coffee-hour presentations and tabling at which UUs will not only be encouraged to sign People’s Veto petitions, but even more importantly to become well-trained signature gatherers in their home communities so that the deadline to call a People’s Veto can be met.
On UU devotion to strong democracy, Ranked-Choice Voting campaign director Kyle Bailey declares,
“The UUs are always the first to show up, and they never disappoint!!”
All gifts up to a total of $2,500 will be matched dollar for dollar.