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Nation's biggest ranked-choice voting test nearing a result

Jun. 19, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting neared a result but there won't be an announcement of winners in two Democratic primaries until Wednesday, officials said. Maine election officials scrambled to retrieve ballots from a handful of towns because the scanned sheets were...

The Latest: Maine's ranked-choice voting test nears result

Jun. 19, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on ranked-choice voting in Maine (all times local): 5:05 p.m. Maine election officials expect to announce winners sometime Wednesday in the nation's biggest test of ranked-choice voting. Officials scrambled Tuesday to retrieve ballots from a handful of towns because the...

Collection, count go on after ranked-choice voting in Maine

Jun. 18, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Collection and tabulation of ballots from Maine's Democratic primary election have stretched into a second week in the state's first test of ranked-choice voting. Private couriers were retrieving remaining ballots from less than a dozen of Maine's nearly 500 municipalities on Monday,...

Bus company apologizes over worker's citizenship comments

Jun. 18, 2018 3:24 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A New England bus company says an employee made a mistake when he said passengers have to be U.S. citizens to ride following a customs citizenship check. The Portland Press Herald reports a video recorded by a Concord Coach Lines passenger on May 28 shows a Customs and Border...

Political 'Survivor': Ranked-choice tabulations get underway

Jun. 17, 2018 2:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nearly a week after Maine's primary elections, the state's ranked-choice voting experiment is getting real as it becomes a game of mathematical survival. Ballots from nearly 500 municipalities across the state have been shipped to the state capital and scanned into computers in two...

China threatens tariffs on US lobsters as business booms

Jun. 15, 2018 10:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A set of retaliatory tariffs released by China on Friday includes a plan to tax American lobster exports, potentially jeopardizing one of the biggest markets for the premium seafood. Chinese officials announced the planned lobster tariff along with hundreds of other tariffs amid the...

Navy takes delivery of future USS Hudner

Jun. 15, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — The Navy has accepted delivery of a destroyer named for a naval aviator who crash-landed his plane to try to save a downed pilot in the Korean War. Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Hudner witnessed the christening of the ship in April 2017 at Maine's Bath Iron Works and died months later...

Maine ballots are being collected for ranked-choice voting

Jun. 14, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Private courier drivers fanned across Maine on Thursday to collect ballots and return them to the state capital for additional tabulations to determine winners in the Democratic primary. Memory sticks containing election tallies and boxes of hand-counted ballots were being delivered...

Mayor survives recall bid, asks for apology, reimbursement

Jun. 14, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine mayor who narrowly survived a recall effort in the wake of a tweet making fun of a Parkland, Florida, high school shooting survivor says he deserves an apology from his critics. The attempt to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro failed on Tuesday. He has been a source of...

The Latest: Couriers make fast work of ballot retrievals

Jun. 14, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on ranked-choice voting in Maine (all times local): 10 a.m. The courier service contracted to retrieve ballots for additional rounds of ranked-choice tabulations says the process is going smoothly. Mike Israelson from General Courier said drivers had already stopped at...