Computer algorithm to decide Maine election

If you think the election situation in Florida is nuts, wait until you hear what is going on in Maine.

After incorporating a new voting procedure, a computer algorithm will now be used to decide the outcome, which could potentially unseat a GOP candidate.

The Election

Maine’s 2nd District has found itself in yet another very tight election.

If the state was using the old method of counting votes, the incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, would have already won the race.

The problem now, though, is that he did not get 50 percent of the vote.

Computer Play

Since the candidate did not win by 50 percent, the new ranked-choice election rules kick in.

Now, the lowest vote-getting candidate falls off the ballot.

Anyone that voted for that candidate will then have their second choice cast.

If that does not get one candidate over 50 percent, the same process is repeated working from the bottom up until there is a declared winner.

The process is defended as a way of making sure every vote counts, but it seems to be a rather odd way of having an election settled.

Lawsuits Pending

Poliquin filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, saying, “What bothers is me is that we do not know if this vote-counting process is legal under the United States Constitution.”

While there is some precedent to back up this new system, the system is completely unfair.

In essence, it allows some people to vote twice, if not three times or more.

For instance, take a situation where there are candidates A, B, C, D, and E in a race.

A citizen casts their vote for Candidate E, but that candidate is last in the results and Candidate A gets only 40 percent of the vote.

That individuals second choice is then awarded that person’s vote in the second wave of counting.

If no candidate has surpassed 50 percent, then those votes of anyone voting for the fourth-place finisher (for our purposes Candidate D), then that vote is discarded and their third choice is then counted.

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In essence, a person’s second, third, or even fourth choice could end up beating the person that actually won the election.

Voting is a very serious duty and right in this county and this process is taking that duty and turning the entire process into a joke.

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