Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:34

Ranked-choice decision likely not the end

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BANGOR - The forthcoming decision by a federal judge over ranked-choice voting may not be the last step in the legal process.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who lost his bid for re-election during the ranked-choice runoff for Maine's 2nd District, is asking the judge to throw out the ranked results and name him the winner, or order another election. Arguments were heard Wednesday and the decision is expected next week.

“There is a chance that the case could be appealed to the First Circuit in Boston and ultimately there is a chance it could be appealed to the United States Supreme Court,” said John Brautigam, League of Woman Voters attorney. “We don't have a problem with judicial review of this law. We're confident it will stand up to any kind of scrutiny. But we just hope this is over soon so we can get on having the correct person take office in Washington D.C.”

Regardless of the judge's decision, it's likely the opposing side would appeal.

Poliquin has also requested a hand recount that is expected to take four weeks to complete.

The next Congress will be sworn in on Jan. 3.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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