There seems to be no doubt in the minds of many voters and the governor of Maine that their election process was hijacked, and the rightful Republican winner of a democratic election was ousted using a sneaky, ‘rank choice’ system that siphoned votes to the democrat.
Instead of using the democratic process that has been working just fine, millions of dollars were poured into the state to push the idea of the ‘fairness’ of rank voting.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap refused to allow any third party to investigate the algorithm that determined the distribution of the votes for the third, fourth and fifth ranked candidates. A large majority were given to the democrat, Jared Golden, despite the fact that GOP Rep Bruce Poliquin received the majority of votes during the election.
“LePage certified the victory of Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden after Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a two-term Republican congressman, conceded to his opponent on Christmas Eve following a contentious legal challenge.”
“I’ve signed off on the [Maine’s 2nd congressional district] election result as it’s no longer in federal court,” LePage tweeted, along with an image of the certificate with the words “stolen election” next to his signature.
“Ranked Choice Voting didn’t result in a true majority as promised-simply a plurality measured differently. It didn’t keep big money out of politics & didn’t result in a more civil election,” he added.
Poliquin initially received about 2,000 more voters than the Democrat, but because that was short of the outright majority, the automatic ‘triggering’ of a second count, using the ranked system and allocating votes, gave Golden the lead.
The GOP congressman claimed that the “system was unconstitutional and requested that the courts either declare him the winner or order another election be held.”
In fact, Maine’s top state court last year warned that ranked-choice voting conflicts with the state’s constitution, which states “the winners of state-level races are whoever gets the most votes, or a plurality.”
After the court refused to overturn the rigged—I mean, ranked—results, Poliquin conceded.
“Maine’s 2nd congressional district historically leaned Democratic, thought the voters voted overwhelmingly for President Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
“LePage is being replaced by Democratic state Attorney General Janet Mills, who became the first female governor in the state and the first Democrat to hold the office in over a decade.”
The fact that people would stand for this sort of blatant rigging of election results says a lot about liberal control in Maine, many people argue.
I’ve signed off on the CD2 election result as it’s no longer in federal court. Ranked Choice Voting didn’t result in a true majority as promised-simply a plurality measured differently. It didn’t keep big money out of politics & didn’t result in a more civil election #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/0fEhD1dvAb
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) December 28, 2018