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Maine to be first in the United States to use ranked choice voting in presidential elections

€œMy experience with ranked-choice voting is that it gives voters a greater voice and it encourages civility among campaigns and candidates at a time when such civility is sorely needed,€ said Gov. Mills.

Maine passes 2 bills to reduce ‘welfare cliff’

The bills aim to keep families transitioning from welfare to work from losing health, financial, and education benefits until they are earning enough to fully support themselves.

Maine and Vermont ban plastic bags

Governors in Vermont and Maine signed bills on the same day that will ban plastic bags in their states in 2020.

Maine becomes the first state to ban Styrofoam

The law, which will go into effect January 1, 2021, prohibits restaurants, caterers, coffee shops and grocery stores from using the to-go foam containers because they cannot be recycled in Maine.

Maine voters approve expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

The vote makes Maine the 32nd state to agree to expand Medicaid to thousands of low-income adults who qualify for coverage.

Maine votes to raise minimum hourly wage to $9 next year, $12 in 2020

Maine voters decided Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage for the first time since 2009, bumping it to $9 per hour next year, from $7.50, and to $12 by 2020 as part of a national push by progressive groups.

Maine passes ranked-choice voting

Under the election overhaul, ballots are counted at the state level in multiple rounds. Last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by a majority.