Ranked Choice Voting

o You do NOT have to rank all candidates – your ballot will be counted even if you only mark 1 ranking
o If you only want one candidate to win, rank that candidate 1st Choice and don’t rank any others
o If you have more than one candidate you would like to see win, then rank them in the order you would like them (1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on)
o If you only rank a 1st choice, that 1st choice vote will count as long as that candidate continues in the race; if the candidate is defeated (because of having the least votes in any round), then there are no more choices to consider and the ballot is exhausted and no longer counted
o Ranking only one candidate (as your 1st choice) is the same as ranking only one candidate, but for more than one ranking (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.) – the ballot will be counted for the 1st choice as long as that candidate continues in the race; if the candidate is defeated (because of having the least votes in any round), then there are no more choices to consider and the ballot is exhausted and no longer counted
o Do NOT rank more than one candidate at the same ranking (i.e., in the same column) – that is an overvote, and the ballot is exhausted and no longer counted
o Try not to skip rankings – if you skip only 1 ranking, then the next ranking is considered if that candidate is eliminated; if you skip 2 consecutive rankings – the ballot is exhausted and no longer counted

For more information on Ranked Choice Voting, click here http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/rcv.html.