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Maine GOP takes ranked-choice voting challenge to court

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The Maine GOP has filed an appeal in court to try to keep alive its fight against using ranked-choice voting in presidential elections.

Maine’s secretary of state earlier this month rejected a Republican referendum initiative saying the GOP failed to meet the signature threshold to get the item on the November ballot. Thousands of signatures were deemed invalid, leaving the effort about 2,000 signatures short.

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The party filed its appeal of Secretary Dunlap's finding in Cumberland County Superior Court on Monday. Maine GOP chair Demi Kouzounas says the party “found and verified that thousands of registered Maine voters’ signatures were improperly deemed invalid.”

"Our repeal calls for the swift reversal and reinstatement of the signatures that Secretary Dunlap wrongly disqualified. It is completely unacceptable that our secretary of state would handle such an important process so poorly. As long as Maine voices are silenced, we will not stop fighting," added Kouzounas.

The GOP said tabulation errors, erroneous disqualifications, and improper claim of material alteration account for hundreds more signatures that should have been deemed valid.

In one instance, the party said a signature from a voter with cerebral palsy who legally signed a petition with a stamp was deemed invalid.

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