IV. Legislative Updates
Maine: A proposed constitutional amendment that would have proposed altering the state’s constitution in order to allow for the legality of the recently voter-approved ranked choice voting system failed in the House by a 78-68 vote. Bills before the House and Senate both failed on Wednesday meaning that the new system will remain in effect until at least 2018.
New Mexico: The Santa Fe City Council voted to delay implementing a voter approved ranked-choice voting system citing concerns about whether the voting system would be ready in time for the March 2018 elections. The new system was first approved in 2008 and set for implementation in 2010, but has faced mounting technical implementation issues.
U.S. Virgin Island: In the ongoing saga surrounding a special election to fill a vacant seat in the Legislature, this week the Senate voted 8-6 not to admit the candidate in question.