Resources for Ranked-choice Voting (RCV)

The June 12, 2018 primary election will be conducted using a system of ranked-choice voting for the offices of U.S. Senate, Governor, U.S. Congress, State Senate and Representative to the Legislature, in those races that have three or more candidates. Those races include: The Democratic and Republican nominations for the office of Governor; the Democratic nomination for the Representative to Congress in Congressional District 2; and the Republican nomination for Representative to the Maine Legislature in House District 75. (See sample ballots below). In these races, voters will have an opportunity to vote for their first-choice candidate and to rank the remaining candidates in order of preference (i.e. second choice, third choice, etc.). The June primary will mark the first time that ranked-choice voting has been used in a statewide election in the United States. Please continue to check this page for more information as the election nears, and follow our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter for notices of updated information.

Ranked-choice voting in Maine (explainer animation):Cartoon Image of the RCV video link

This animated video provides voters with an explanation of the voting process, tabulation and all other aspects of voting in an RCV election.

How do I properly mark the ranked-choice ballot?

View these 10 examples of marked ballots to see how you can mark your ballot to make sure your vote is counted accurately.

Sample ballots:

View a sample of the ranked-choice ballots for the primary and review the instructions on how to mark your ballot. Please note that only the Republican and Democratic parties have ranked-choice races in this election. All ranked-choice races will appear on one side of the ballot, and non-ranked-choice races will appear on the other side of the ballot.

Democratic Primary Sample Ballot RCV 1
All municipalities in Congressional District 1

Republican Primary Sample Ballot RCV 1
All municipalities except for Leeds, Turner, and part of Livermore (House District 75)

Democratic Primary Sample Ballot RCV 2

All municipalities in Congressional District 2

Republican Primary Sample Ballot RCV 2
House District 75 (Leeds, Turner, and part of Livermore)


Have questions about ranked-choice voting? Find the answers.

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Ask Secretary Dunlap:

As Maine’s chief elections official, Secretary Dunlap will be making a limited number of presentations about ranked-choice voting both online and in-person, around the state, to educate voters and answer questions. View the schedule of his visits and make plans to attend/tune in.

Fact Sheet:

This PDF provides the facts voters need to know about voting in a ranked-choice election.


Emergency Rule Adopted May 11, 2018 - (Word Doc)- (PDF)
Summary of Comments and Responses for Rules

Implementation plan:

The Department of the Secretary of State has laid out its timeline to achieve the necessary steps to implement ranked-choice voting. (Word Doc) and (PDF) format.

Timeline of Ranked-choice Voting in Maine:

This timeline shows the legislative and legal history of this new method of voting in the State of Maine. Timeline (Word Doc) and (PDF) format.