Music Legend Jon Fishman steps up to support Ranked Choice Voting

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Portland, Maine – Rock legend, drummer, lyricist and vocalist Jon Fishman of Phish will hold a meet and greet and help gather signatures for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) this weekend at Bayside Bowl in Portland. Fishman is taking part in one of the largest signature gathering efforts in Maine’s history with just a few weeks left to collect 61,123 signatures for the People’s veto.

In November of 2016 people voted by an overwhelming majority to implement RCV. In October of 2017 the legislature voted to delay and repeal RCV. The only recourse was the People’s Veto and the signature gathering campaign currently underway.

Fishman said, “When people speak as loudly as they did during the election in 2016 about the importance of their democracy we need to stand up, take notice and do something about it. It is not okay to ignore the will of the people. There was no question I was going to help anyway I could to get these signatures so Maine voters are not ignored. Maine people have said loudly and clearly – they want RCV.”

Campaign Manager Kyle Bailey said, “Jon Fishman joins some 1600 volunteers who have been working around the clock to gather these signatures. We couldn’t have gotten this far without all hands-on deck. His presence speaks to the seriousness of all people wanting a democracy that works.”

Fishman will be at Bayside Bowl in Portland from 3:00 – 6:00 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

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For More information on the People’s Veto: http://www.rcvmaine.com
Contact: Crystal Canney at crystal@knightcanney.com or (207) 615-5968

Statement from the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting regarding, L.D. 1726, An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Elections

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Our constitutional right to direct democracy is under attack in Maine. This year, our Legislature has overthrown the results of a free and fair election by blocking all four of the November 2016 citizen-approved referenda in one way or another. Now with this latest bill, they are trying to stop the people from exercising our right to petition our government by blocking our access to the polls.

The only bright spot is our constitutionally protected right to the People’s Veto. Right now, in subzero temperatures, thousands of Maine people are working together to gather the 61,123 signatures to stop the legislature’s undemocratic actions.

Campaign Manager Kyle Bailey said, “”The People’s Veto needs all hands on deck. Please join us to send a message and defend our democracy. Every signature counts. Time is running out and we need you.”

The State of Maine is on the cusp of a transformational change in election law but our legislature is doing everything in its power to stop the people from getting the change we voted for. But we are fighting back.

On November 8, 2016, a majority of Maine voters approved Question 5 – a first-in-the-nation law that adopts Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for the election of U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Governor, State Senators, and State Representatives in both primary and general elections. The initiative became law on January 7, 2017. Question 5 received the second most votes of any citizen referendum in Maine’s history.

Politicians in Augusta have spent the last year actively working to derail the law, delay its implementation and force its repeal. In a Special Session of the Maine State Legislature on October 23, 2017, a law was passed that delays implementation of the law until 2021 and repeals it outright if no Constitutional Amendment is passed through the legislature by 2/3rds vote of both houses and an affirmative vote by the people.

Fortunately, Maine’s Constitution allows its citizens to veto actions of the state legislature that it disagrees with. Knowing this, we filed a People’s Veto referendum that was approved by the Secretary of State at 4:30pm on November 6, 2017. The following day, our volunteers across the state collected more than 33,000 of the required 61,123 signatures required by the Constitution.

If the People’s Veto signature collection is successful, it will force the use of ranked choice voting for the June 2018 primary elections for Governor, State Senate, State Representative, U.S. House and U.S. Senate. And if the People’s Veto campaign is successful at the ballot box in June, it will force the use of ranked choice voting in the November 2018 elections for U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
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For More information on the People’s Veto: http://www.rcvmaine.com

Contact: Crystal Canney at crystal@knightcanney.com or (207) 615-5968

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Ranked Choice Voting Beer Elections at Local Breweries Around Maine This September

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“Yes on 5” invites you to sample and rank your favorite Maine craft beers

PORTLAND, ME | August 31, 2016 – The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting today announced unique demonstrations for voters to learn about Question 5 to enact Ranked Choice Voting, which will appear on the November ballot. Voters will sample and rank their favorite craft beers at Beer Elections happening across the state beginning in September.

“This is a fun way to demonstrate how Ranked Choice Voting works, and an opportunity to support Maine’s vibrant craft beer industry,” said campaign manager Kyle Bailey. “We rank choices every day of our lives. Ranking candidates for public office is no different.”

Beer Elections are slated at craft breweries from Kittery to Brewer throughout September beginning on Friday, September 2nd at Oxbow Brewing in Newcastle. Nearly 20 breweries are taking part. (Full listing of Beer Elections.)

If approved by voters, Question 5 would give voters the power to rank candidates for public office. You never have to vote for the “lesser of two evils” when there is another candidate you really like. If your first choice can’t win, your vote is instantly counted for your second choice, so you never feel like their vote is “wasted.”

“By voting “Yes” on Question 5, voters will have more choice and more voice in electing our leaders,” Bailey added. “Ranking candidates is empowering. Ranking beer is just fun.”