Maine adopts instant-runoff voting

AUGUSTA, Maine (WCAX) Voters in Maine are set to do something Burlington came to regret. Maine is going to use instant-runoff voting in its June primary.

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Burlington experimented with IRV. Voters approved the system that ranks candidates. If no one wins at least 50 percent of the vote, the candidate ranked last is dropped, and then his or her voters' second choice is used instead.

Mayor Bob Kiss was elected twice using the system. In 2009, Kurt Wright won 32 percent of the vote in a five-way race. But after two rounds of instant-runoff voting, Wright lost to Kiss. Burlington voters repealed IRV the following year.