To the Editor:
Bruce Poliquin has won reelection to Congress to represent the 2nd Congressional District by 2,000 votes. In the realms of sanity and fairness, that would be the headline, but once again, forces from outside CD 2 have conspired to work against the wishes of the voters in this district. The cycle of southern liberal arrogance continues.
Ranked choice voting was created to insure that Republicans would never be elected again. Southern liberals have been constantly frustrated with the conservative vote in northern Maine. The voting block leans right so, in the minds of the political elites, rural Maine doesn’t vote the “right” way. How do overcome the obvious intellectual deficits of northern hicks, those lovable, quaint, and postcard-worthy but not vote-worthy backwoods Mainers?
So convinced of their intellectual superiority, liberals have simply awarded themselves extra votes. If the Democrats can’t win the first time, it just wasn’t fair, so they will add in the votes of their stealth Democratic candidates, a.k.a. independents.
Extra votes, do-over votes, everybody-gets-a-win-as-long-as they’re-not-Republican votes, and Democrats can now say that not only do they have three campaign dollars to every one Republican dollar, but also, three votes per Democratic voter to every one vote per Republican.
The voters of CD 2 voted against RCV by 20,000 votes but it narrowly passed because of its support in CD 1. So which district supports ranked choice voting? Certainly, not the second Congressional District!
But the majority will of the voters for the First Congressional District (ranked choice voting) will now be used to circumvent the majority will of the voters of the Second Congressional District, who have given Bruce Poliquin the victory to represent them in Washington. The voters in CD 2 voted against do-overs, twosies, and threesies votes, but CD 1 has overruled rural Maine and demanded we vote and vote again until we get it “right.” In other words, voting the southern Maine way is all we have left.