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Ballot Collection To Begin For Historic Ranked-Choice Tally In Maine's 2nd CD

PORTLAND, Maine - Couriers will soon traverse Maine's 2nd Congressional District to collect materials needed to start the process of tallying the winner of that race.A spokeswoman for Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says trucks will roll on Thursday to start collecting memory sticks and ballots from cities and towns across the district. She says the process of tabulating the votes will start Friday and likely conclude next week.Neither Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin nor Democratic challenger Jared Golden exceeded 50 percent of first-round votes in the four-candidate race, which triggers a ranked-choice tallying.Maine's new voting method is being used in a U.S. House race for the first time in American history.