An Act To Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §1, sub-§27-C, ¶C is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§5, ¶B-3 is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§6, as amended by PL 2015, c. 474, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§8, as amended by PL 2015, c. 474, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA c. 5, sub-c. 8 is enacted to read:
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS
§ 441. Determination and date of primary; voter eligibility
§ 442. Party certification
The state committee of a party shall file the certification described in section 441, subsection 1 with the Secretary of State by December 1st of the year prior to the presidential election year. This certification must contain:
§ 443. Petitions
On or before July 1st of the year prior to a presidential election year, the Secretary of State shall prepare and make available petitions for circulation by a person desiring to be a contestant in the state presidential primary election of any party. This petition must be completed and filed at least 45 days before the primary election in the manner provided in sections 335 and 336.
§ 444. Ballot preparation; candidate eligibility
The Secretary of State shall prepare ballots for a presidential primary election under this subchapter in accordance with section 601-B.
In order to withdraw a person's name from the ballot, the Secretary of State must receive the affidavit at least 45 days before the date designated for the presidential primary election.
§ 445. Tabulation of ballots; selection of delegates
§ 446. Cost
Whenever a municipality complies with the provisions of this subchapter, the State shall bear the cost incurred.
Sec. 6. 21-A MRSA §601-B is enacted to read:
§ 601-B. Presidential primary ballot
The Secretary of State shall prepare presidential primary election ballots in accordance with section 444 and this section.
Sec. 7. 21-A MRSA §801, sub-§2 is enacted to read:
Sec. 8. 21-A MRSA §803, as amended by PL 1989, c. 166, §6, is further amended to read:
§ 803. Duties of Governor
As soon as possible after the presidential electors are chosen, the Governor shall send a certificate of the determination of the electors to the Archivist of the United States under the state seal. The certificate shall must state the names of the electors and the number of votes which , tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes described in section 723-A, that each received. The Governor shall deliver 6 certificates under the state seal to the electors on or before the first Monday after the 2nd Wednesday of December , following their election.
Sec. 9. 21-A MRSA §805, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
This bill provides that, whenever the state committee of a qualified political party certifies that there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate of the party and that the committee has voted to conduct a presidential primary election, the State shall hold a presidential primary election on a date in March of the presidential election year chosen by the Secretary of State in consultation with the parties. Only voters who are enrolled in the party may vote in that party's presidential primary election. The votes cast in the presidential primary for each party must be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes. The selection of delegates to the national presidential nominating convention for each party and allocation of those delegates among primary candidates must be in accordance with any reasonable procedures established at the state party convention.
This bill also requires the ballots cast for presidential electors during the general election to be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes.