Latest Maine Supreme Judicial Court News

Maine supreme court declines to extend mail-in vote deadline

Oct. 24, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state supreme court declined to extend the voting deadline to allow absentee votes postmarked by Election Day to be counted. In a divided opinion, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-1 on Friday to uphold a judge's rejection of a lawsuit that sought to allow absentee ballots...

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2018 file photo, an election worker sorts a stack of ballots during a ranked choice voting tabulation in Augusta, Maine. The state's supreme court is hearing more arguments from the Maine GOP, which is seeking to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ranked choice voting from being used in the presidential contest. (AOP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine GOP asks US Supreme Court to weigh in on ranked voting

Oct. 2, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has rejected, for a second time, the state GOP’s bid to stop ranked choice voting in the presidential contest, clearing the way for a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, filed Friday, despite several thousand votes already cast in the election....

FILE- In this Nov. 12, 2018 file photo, an election worker sorts a stack of ballots during a ranked choice voting tabulation in Augusta, Maine. The state's supreme court is hearing more arguments from the Maine GOP, which is seeking to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent ranked choice voting from being used in the presidential contest. (AOP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

GOP still fighting ranked voting after ballots cast in Maine

Oct. 1, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With the first votes already cast, the Maine Republican Party made a last-ditch request Thursday for the state Supreme Court to stop ranked choice voting in the presidential race -- a tense legal battle that could make its way to the U.S.’s highest court. An attorney for the...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, ballots are recounted in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in Augusta, Maine. Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court. The court concluded the state Republican Party failed to gain enough signatures for a referendum to reject a state law expanding ranked choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

GOP makes last-ditch attack on ranked presidential tally

Sep. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Republican Party is asking the state supreme court to put on hold its ruling that allows ranked choice voting in the presidential contest, to provide an opportunity for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The request filed Wednesday represents a last-ditch effort to delay...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, ballots are recounted in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in Augusta, Maine. Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court. The court concluded the state Republican Party failed to gain enough signatures for a referendum to reject a state law expanding ranked choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

Ranked choice voting in Maine a go for presidential election

Sep. 22, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded that a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. The Supreme Judicial Court concluded the Maine...

Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid

Sep. 22, 2020 11:32 AM EDT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid.
FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2018 file photo, ballots are prepared to be tabulated in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District election in Augusta, Maine. A state supreme court decision Tuesday, Spet. 8, 2020, cleared the way for election officials to print ranked choice voting ballots for the first time in Maine’s presidential election. But there has not been a final ruling on whether the voting system will be used in that contest. (Robert F. Bukaty/File)

Maine court to expedite ruling on ranked voting referendum

Sep. 15, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is expediting a decision on a referendum petition aimed at stopping the use of ranked choice voting in this November’s presidential election, the acting chief justice said Tuesday. The announcement gave a glimmer of hope to opponents of ranked...

Maine high court hears appeal in death of sheriff's deputy

Sep. 15, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for a man who's serving a life sentence for killing a sheriff's deputy told skeptical supreme court justices Tuesday that the trial judge made mistakes in permitting jurors to hear the man's confession and in imposing the maximum sentence. Defense lawyer Verne Paradie...

Man convicted of killing deputy appeals to Maine high court

Sep. 3, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A man convicted in the killing of a sheriff's deputy is appealing his conviction to Maine's highest court. John D. Williams, 32, was accused of placing a gun against the neck of a sheriff’s deputy and pulling the trigger and was found guilty of murder last year. He is now...