Maine Just Made History With a Better Way to Hold Elections (and an Adorable Livestream)

Democrat Jared Golden was finally declared the winner of the congressional election in Maine’s second district on Thursday, becoming the first person to win a seat in Congress despite receiving fewer first-choice votes than his opponent, in this case Republican Bruce Poliquin.

That’s because Maine was the first state in the nation to conduct a federal general election using a system called “ranked-choice voting.” After Tuesday’s four-way contest broke very slightly to Poliquin,...


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