Thursday, 14 June 2018 09:22

Ranked-choice voting debut exceeds expectations of state's top election official

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Ranked-choice voting debut exceeds expectations of state's top election official

STATEWIDE - Used for the first time in the nation during Tuesday's primary elections, ranked-choice voting exceeded the expectations of the state's top election official.

It is still not clear how many of the contested primary contests may need additional counting with the ranked-choice voting method.


"If it looks like after tonight, if nobody in the two gubernatorial primaries or the Democrat primary for Congress, then we'll begin the process of gathering the ballots and bringing them to Augusta," Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said Tuesday night.


Unofficially, after the first round of counting, Shawn Moody was the Republican nominee for governor. Just who he will face in November remains up in the air as it appears state electioneers will have to count the rankings of the Democratic voters to find out who will represent the Democrats in November. With result from dozens of precincts, Janet Mills had a slim lead over Adam Cote.


In addition, a clear-cut winner in the Democratic primary to run for the second congressional district failed to appear.


There were strong turnouts at the polls across the state.


"It was pretty exciting to the see the excitement and energy. Had a few questions about the ranked-choice system. By and large, people seemed to understand it," Dunlap said.


While Dunlap said things went smoothly overall, some people questioned why they are registered in a different political party than they recalled, which he noted happens during many elections.


"I mean, sometimes people will change parties so they can vote for someone in the election. A couple of years pass, and they say, 'Well, I'm a Democrat.' Well, you registered in the Republican Party," he said.

TJ Tremble

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T.J. Tremble joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 in March 2016.

He was raised in Bangor, attended Bangor schools and graduated from John Bapst High School. He attended the University of Maine, studying political science.

He started his news career at the Camden Herald, many years ago. He also worked for the Bangor Daily News in Rockland, Belfast and Bangor.

He entered broadcast journalism as news director for WQCB-FM, Brewer. For Many years he worked behind the scenes in radio and television.

Recently, he worked as a news reporter for Zone Radio Corporation in Bangor [WZON-AM, WKIT-FM and WZLO-FM.

He has received reporting awards from the Maine Press Association, Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Maine Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

He is married, with three adult children and three grandchildren.