PORTLAND, Maine—Maine's first foray into ranked-choice voting is being declared a success.
On Election Day, voters in Portland cast their first tallies for mayor in 88 years. And 24 hours after the polls closed, former state Sen. Michael Brennan was declared the winner of the 15-way race.
The system allowed voters to rank each of the candidates, and the complicated ballots couldn't be read by voting machines. But most voters seemed to get it.
The city says fewer than 150 out of the more than 20,000 ballots were discarded because someone filled out the ballot wrong. The only glitch was that it took longer than expected to scan the ballot and to upload them into a computer system.