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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 12:03

Poliquin appeals Ranked-Choice voting decision to 1st Circuit

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BANGOR - A notice of appeal has been filed by Rep. Bruce Poliquin in his federal lawsuit against ranked-choice voting.

U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker rejected all of Poliquin's constitutional challenges in a 30-page decision issued last week from the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor.

The two-term Republican filed his appeal to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Monday.

Poliquin won the plurality vote for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, but didn't earn a majority. That triggered a ranked-choice runoff, and he lost his seat to State Rep. Jared Golden.

After Walker made his ruling, Poliquin issued a statement on Twitter saying the issue "goes far beyond one election."

Mainers have approved ranked-choice voting at the polls twice.

Representative-elect Golden is preparing to be seated on Jan. 3 as part of the 116th Congress.

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...