Election by majority

Regardless of how one feels about Paul LePage, Maine will have a governor for the next four years who 62 percent of the voters voted against.

Some states have a system in which if no candidate receives a majority, there is a run-off election between the top two candidates.

As strong independent candidates seem to have become a regular part of Maine's system, it seems to be important that the state adopt that process. It would be worth the extra expense and bother in order to have a leader who can claim the support of a majority of the voters.

Scott Efland, Auburn

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Maine voters

Maine has same day voter registration, absentee ballot voting for any reason, early voting in some areas. Voters can not be stopped from voting in Maine if they live in "nontraditional residences," i.e. they are homeless. There are voting accommodations in Maine for the deaf, the blind, and for people with other disabilities. In short, for Mainers who want to vote there is no excuse not to.

Sore losers love to tout runoff elections. Ask yourself: If your candidate won with less than a majority vote would you still be clamoring for runoff elections? This November about half Maine's eligible voters voted. Think about that. With literally no obstacles to voting, half Maine's voters stayed home. If you're candidate lost on Election Day why not focus on what he or she could have done to persuade more voters to vote? That makes more sense than runoff elections.

PH

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You're trying to reason with

You're trying to reason with liberals, Ben...Have you ever tried picking up a turd by the clean end?

RONALD RIML's picture

So many Republicans - So many ditches....

And you have to make up stories about Turds.

Grow Up.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Who was the second worst,

Who was the second worst, Madeleine? (Sound of crickets can be heard in the background)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Good way to put it, Ben. The

Good way to put it, Ben. The last line's a winner.

RONALD RIML's picture

38% Plurality......At Marden's Bottom Voting Value

You get what you voted for, that's for sure......

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Do you think we got a bargain in 2006?

The Bald One had the same plurality and, yes, a lot of the leftie boneheads called it a mandate. I don't recall a bunch of sore losers then calling for the rules to change.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So, Veritas,...you don't

So, Veritas,...you don't think the voters got a bargain?

RONALD RIML's picture

You get what you pay for....

And he says he's going to lower taxes. So lets see.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I agree; let's see.

I agree; let's see. Hopefully, he'll come up with a scheme that is different from lowering the income tax rate by 3%, and in the same breath, broadening the sales tax to include everything but scalp oil. The days of smoke and mirrors, and dog & pony shows are past. Time for some real CHANGE that ALL of us can benfit from.

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Efland, Scott, is a private

Efland, Scott, is a private company categorized under Social Service and Welfare Organizations and located in Auburn, ME. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of less than $500,000 and employs a staff of approximately 1 to 4.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Equally laughable was oBAMa's

Equally laughable was oBAMa's 52% "mandate". And he only had to overcome ONE opponent.

Mark Wrenn's picture

100 people

Think of it this way: if you put 100 people in a gym, and 62 say "not this doofus", and the other 38 say "he's our hero", that constitutes an overwhelming republican mandate.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You must've got that from Fox

You must've got that from Fox News, lilly.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Did you make the same

Did you make the same suggestion in 2006 when Baldacci became Governor 38? Or was it 39? I forget. When a Democrat wins, it's just fine and dandy; when a Republican wins, it's a horrendous assault on our democratic (lowercase) principles.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Even the parrot was able to

Even the parrot was able to figure it out. "If you can't win by the current rules; change the rules so that you CAN win." Typical democRAT tactic.

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