It was a sad week in Augusta. A minority of the House of Representatives may have killed ranked-choice voting in Maine.
The vote was on a bill I co-sponsored to propose a constitutional amendment that would have addressed concerns raised about ranked-choice voting by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The amendment won majority support in a 78-68 vote, but that wasn’t enough to meet the two-thirds threshold necessary to send a constitutional amendment out to voters for approval.
The amendment was never about ranked-choice voting. It was about whether to put the final decision on a voter-approved law back in the hands of the voters, where it belongs. Unfortunately, without a major shift in votes, the amendment is dead, and the path forward for ranked-choice voting is difficult at best.
The protection of personal privacy is an issue that transcends party affiliation, where you come from and is something that overall Mainers value.
I’d like to give you a scenario.
What if your personal internet search history was shared with everyone in your neighborhood? What if it was shared with all of your co-workers? What about any information you enter on a website like vital health information and your location to the highest bidder?
We aren’t talking in the abstract. This would be real life if we don’t act now.
Beyond the Headlines
Weekly Column featured in The Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier Newspaper by Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco