Hello, my name is Erin Hennessey and I am the Field Director for FairVote Maine. FairVote Maine is part of a remarkable movement driven by Maine volunteers that collected more than half the signatures necessary to put ranked choice voting on the ballot in a single day.
I’m writing to ask for your support for Question 5 on the ballot this November, with your vote and with your volunteer time in Maine. By voting Yes on 5, you can help Maine be the first state to adopt ranked choice voting.
Howard Dean had this to say in his October 8 commentary in the New York Times:
"Question Five on the Maine ballot would establish ranked-choice voting in the 2018 primary and general elections for governor, Congress and State Legislature…. Put on the ballot by signatures collected overwhelmingly by volunteers, Question Five has impressive support from across the political spectrum and is doing well in polls. A victory would make campaigns less negative, give voters more voice and show the rest of the country how best to uphold majority rule."
On Sunday, the Portland Press Herald wrote a strong editorial in favor of Question 5. Editors wrote that “We need an electoral system built for the way we live today, not for the way our grandparents lived.”
Here’s why RootsAction members should join Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, the League of Women Voters of Maine, Our Revolution and a remarkable coalition of Mainers in supporting Question 5:
Too many people are discouraged with politics and sometimes even choose not to vote. Some voters feel like they have to choose between voting for the lesser of two evils or throwing their vote away. Others feel politicians don’t need to listen to them. We all can be frustrated when we elect leaders even though a majority of voters strongly oppose them – this happens when people opposing one candidate split their votes among two or more other candidates running for the same office.
Ranked Choice Voting is a common sense solution for these problems.
Ranked Choice Voting is a voting system that gives voters more power by allowing them to rank candidates in order of preference – 1, 2, 3 and so on. If your favorite candidate can't win, your vote is instantly counted for your second choice.
Ranked Choice Voting gives voters more choices. You can vote for the candidate you really want, instead of who is more likely to win. You never have to choose between throwing your vote away or voting for the lesser of two evils.
Our campaign needs your help. Over the last year and a half we have talked with over 150,000 voters and we have found that once voters learn about ranked choice voting they are overwhelmingly supportive. Now that we are down to just three weeks until the election we are kicking the campaign into overdrive. That’s where you come in.
The work we do to reach out to voters between now and Election Day could make the difference in this election. Can we count on you to join us in our statewide effort to knock on doors, call voters and cover polls on Election Day? If you are interested in volunteering please sign up at the volunteer page at FairVote Maine or contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You of course can also help right at home. Share this message with your friends. Post supportive messages on social media. Help Maine improves its democracy -- and show the way to “the way democracy will be.” Please vote YES on Question 5.