Unlike voters across the rest of the state of Maine, Portland voters will be denied the ability to sign Repeal Ranked-Choice Voting petitions on Super Tuesday at their polling place.
Using the argument that collecting Repeal RCV signatures AFTER voters had already cast their ballots might influence a city referendum over ranked-choice voting, the city of Portland decided not to allow any Repeal RCV circulators inside or within 250 feet of Portland polling locations.
This is a last-minute bureaucratic violation of our First Amendment rights.
“This is unacceptable. These are separate issues. One is about the city of Portland, the other is about protecting one person, one vote in Maine’s Presidential elections,” said Maine GOP executive director Jason Savage.
While Repeal RCV petitions will be available at more than 200 locations across Maine, they won’t be allowed anywhere near Portland’s polls.
“We tried to call Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and make our case to her, but our call was not returned,” said Savage.
“So now we are appealing to the people of Maine and specifically to the people of Portland. Portland residents who had hoped to sign a Repeal RCV petition tomorrow after they voted are being denied,” continued Mr. Savage.
“There are two ways to fix this. You can call your city government officials and express your displeasure, and you can go to www.RepealRankedChoice.com and tell us you want to sign and we’ll get someone to you.”
“Do not let this last-minute bureaucratic stunt silence you. Speak out and make your voice heard. Tell us you want to sign at www.RepealRankedChoice.com – they won’t stop us from succeeding.”
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