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The nation’s first ranked-choice voting runoff will take place at noon Thursday at a counting facility in Augusta.

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A federal judge said Wednesday he might rule by Thursday on a lawsuit brought by Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin that seeks to block the implementation of ranked choice voting in the 2nd Congressional District race and argues that the instant runoff system is unconstitutional.

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As political observers wait for a federal judge to decide if he'll intervene in the nation's first ranked-choice voting election for a congressional race, state election officials continued gathering and counting the ballots that will determine the winner. State workers did their best to keep the looming legal dispute from distracting from the count. Evidence of the growing controversy over Maine's landmark voting law was everywhere.

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Staff with the Maine Secretary of State's Office Wednesday resumed the ranked-choice voting count for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, as a federal judge began reviewing a request from incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s campaign to issue a restraining order to stop the count. They expect to finish the tabulation Thursday.

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While the ranked-choice voting process continues in Augusta to determine the winner in the race for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, the two candidates vying for the seat are staying away from the count and from U.S. District Court in Bangor.

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Maine 2nd District incumbent Bruce Poliquin's federal court challenge to ranked-choice voting raised several legal issues with the system. On Tuesday Poliquin filed an injunction and temporary restraining order to halt the count of ranked-choice voting results.  Dimitri Bam, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maine School of Law, unpacked some of those issues with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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.

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One of the most closely watched races in the country is still being watched. That's because Maine's 2nd Congressional District is still up for grabs between incumbent Republican Bruce Poliquin, who is seeking a third term, and Democrat Jared Golden of Lewiston.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Attorney General Janet Mills is the Democratic nominee for governor, according to official results from Maine’s first ranked-choice voting election announced by the Maine Secretary of State Wednesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine election officials are ready to announce election results in the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting.

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It could be a little while longer until the winner of the Democratic Gubernatorial primary is revealed.

Deputy Secretary of state Julie Flynn has announced that the scans the office got of ballots from five towns – Gray, Ellsworth, Lewiston, Orland and Westbrook – weren't clear enough to be read by the program that'll count the votes.

Results from nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting election could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Updated 2 p.m. Friday

The nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting count is underway in Augusta.

At stake is the winner of the seven-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, which did not produce a majority winner after Tuesday's initial count.

Ranked-Choice Ballots To Be Delivered To Maine Capital

Jun 14, 2018
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AUGUSTA, Maine - Couriers will begin delivering ballots to Maine's state capital as residents await the results of the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting.
 
A private courier service on Thursday will start delivering hands ballots and memory sticks to a secure site in Augusta. Vote counting will begin on Friday and continue next week.
 
Residents voted in Tuesday's primary to retain the voting system, nullifying a legislative delay and allowing it to be used in November's federal elections in Maine.
 

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It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting. 

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