Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:01

Poliquin loses bid to halt ranked-choice count Featured

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BANGOR - A federal judge has decided to allow the tabulation of ranked-choice ballots to go forward despite U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's effort to obtain an emergency restraining order that would have stopped the process.

Poliquin, the incumbent Republican candidate in Maine's 2nd congressional district race, earned about 1,000 more votes than his Democratic opponent, State Rep. Jared Golden, but since he didn't earn a majority,  ranked-choice voting kicked into gear for the first time in a federal election.


On Tuesday, Poliquin filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Bangor against Secretary of State Matt Dunlap seeking an emergency injunction to stop the ranked-choice vote counting and counting and to "refrain from certifying a winner." In his lawsuit, Poliquin contended that ranked-choice voting was "unconstitutional."


Golden's office described Poliquin's lawsuit as "an attempt to subvert the will of Maine voters in a self-interested, last-ditch effort for his own political gain."


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