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Primary ballots brought to Augusta to continue ranked-choice voting process

Primary ballots will begin to be delivered to Augusta Thursday as residents wait for more results of the nation's first statewide election using ranked-choice voting. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Primary ballots will begin to be delivered to Augusta Thursday as residents wait for more results of the nation's first statewide election using ranked-choice voting.

A private courier service will take ballots and memory sticks to a secure site in the state's capital.

Vote counting will begin Friday and continue next week.

In Tuesday’s primary, Mainers voted to keep ranked-choice voting for future elections.

They also voted to elect businessman Shawn Moody as the Republican nominee for governor in November’s general election.

There's still no official Democratic nominee. Attorney General Janet Mills is currently leading Adam Cote by a few thousand votes, but neither has reached more than 50-percent.

The two candidates must wait for the ranked-choice ballots to be tallied. Barring a recount, Mills and Cote have said they will not challenge the ranked-choice outcome.

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