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Maine Supreme Court To Hear Case On Ranked-Choice Voting Repeal Effort

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Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP, speaks about efforts to repeal ranked-choice voting while standing next to boxes containing signed petitions near the State House, Monday, June 15, 2020, in Augusta, Maine.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court hears oral arguments Thursday in a case involving a Republican-led people's veto effort. The GOP wants Maine voters to vote on whether to repeal legislation allowing ranked-choice voting in presidential elections.

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap disqualified thousands of signatures, leaving the Republican petition effort short of the number needed to qualify for the November ballot. But a Superior Court judge last week approved 988 signatures that Dunlap had rejected. If the Maine Supreme Court agrees, the repeal measure will be on the ballot. Perhaps more importantly, the law allowing ranked-choice voting for president will be suspended for this year.