Augusta — After a prolonged counting process, the nation’s first ranked-choice voting decision confirmed the new system is enormously fair and successful, report Maine’s Democrats.
“With Jared Golden beating Bruce Poliquin thanks to ranked choice voting, it’s more clear now than ever before Maine’s voters chose the best possible system,” one Democratic leader said in a statement.
“We could not possibly be happier with this outcome, and by extension, the process which allowed it.”
However, Maine Republicans feel differently.
“Ranked choice voting is clearly undemocratic, among the worst systems ever developed,” said a voter who supported Bruce Poliquin. “More people voted for Poliquin than Golden, but Poliquin didn’t win? Clearly the system is bad, in this particular case.”
In spite of near-unanimous criticism from Republicans, Democrats across the state were overwhelmingly in favor of the process upon learning its outcome.
“It’s just better,” Colin Lamont of Belfast said. “What’s-his-name won, the Democrat guy, proving the value of ranked-choice voting beyond a shadow of a doubt.”
Lamont said he was apprehensive at first, but was overjoyed at the results.
“I was really worried we wouldn’t get a chance to gloat on social media,” he said.
Lamont also worries future elections might not have Democrat winners.
“If it comes to that, I think we’ll have to take a good, hard look at the flawed system in place,” he said.