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Maine GOP To Appeal Ranked-Choice Voting Issue To U.S. Supreme Court

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The Maine Republican Party and opponents of the use of ranked-choice voting will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

The Maine Republican Party and opponents of the use of ranked-choice voting will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Maine's highest court must now decide whether a decision it issued earlier this week to allow the process to move forward proceeds during the appeal or not.

The GOP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the issue, but there is no guarantee the justices will agree to consider the matter.

In the meantime, opponents are asking the Maine Supreme Court to put a hold on their own decision to allow ranked-choice voting in the presidential election. Oral arguments have been scheduled on that motion for next week.

If Maine's law court grants the request, the use of ranked-choice voting this year for president would effectively be blocked until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to consider the appeal.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.