Forums to explain ranked-choice voting

BAR HARBOR — A community education forum on ranked-choice voting will be held at Havana Restaurant, 318 Main St., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 4-5 p.m. Three other Hancock County eateries will host similar events. There will be food to sample at each event, and all are free and open to the public.

In races with more than two candidates, ranked-choice voting gives voters the opportunity to rank candidates in order of preference. The system has been used to elect the mayor of Portland since November 2011.

The forums will be co-hosted by the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, the League of Women Voters, One Hancock, the U.U. Church of Ellsworth and the Community Union of Ellsworth and Hancock County.

“The League of Women Voters is excited to serve as a co-sponsor for these forums,” said local league leader Ann Luther. “We believe ranked-choice voting is the best system to ensure the election of candidates who have majority support, minimize strategic voting and eliminate the spoiler effect.”

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