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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

1/15/10

PORTLAND CHARTER COMMISSION EYES INSTANT RUN-OFF

Portland Press Herald - The city's Charter Commission is considering significant changes to the way Portland voters elect their officials.

Instead of voting for one candidate, voters would be asked to rank their candidates in order of preference.

Rank choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, would be used to elect Portland's next mayor.

Some commissioners who spoke at the group's meeting Thursday night said the system could be expanded to other elective positions, such as City Council.

Supporters say rank choice voting is gaining popularity, with cities such as Burlington, Vt., San Francisco and Minneapolis using it in some fashion.

"I'm a big supporter," said Benjamin Chipman, a charter commission member.

Commissioners said they plan to deliberate and then vote on the issue when they meet on Jan. 28. . .

On Thursday, the commission heard from election experts who are familiar with rank choice voting. Several residents also weighed in. Nearly everyone who spoke on the issue urged the Charter Commission to endorse rank choice voting.

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