Portland can have confidence in its new mayor and the system used to count the votes. The results are in and Michael Brennan is not the only winner in Portland’s mayoral election: The other is ranked-choice voting.
The new system of counting ballots, which attracted a high degree of skepticism from people in and around Maine’s biggest city over the last year, got its trial run Tuesday and Wednesday, and it was the skeptics who were proven wrong.
A field of 15 candidates was whittled down to a threeway race, and Brennan, the candidate who proved to have the broadest appeal, ended up the winner. He will go into office next month with a majority of voters at his back.
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