AUGUSTA (NEWS CENTER MAINE) — Maine is the first state in the country to move to ranked choice voting.
On Monday absentee ballots are available for voters.The ranked choice voting system allows voters to rank their candidate choices on a ballot. The candidate with a majority wins.
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is gearing up to train Mainers on the new voting system that will be used for the first time in the June primaries.
Dunlap will hold four informational sessions starting Monday in Biddeford.
Then meetings will follow on May 15 in Bangor, May 21 in Presque Isle and May 29 in Lewiston.
Dunlap will also offer a question-and-answer session via Facebook Live later this month.
If there's no majority winner, then the last-place candidate is eliminated, and the votes are reallocated.
The Maine GOP has gone to court to fight ranked choice voting and arguments are scheduled for later in May in federal court.