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Over 16,000 signatures in support of ranked choice voting in Portland city elections

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PORTLAND (WGME) -- Ranked choice voting could soon be coming to city elections in Portland.

The group, Democracy Maine, turned in more than 16 thousand signatures to city hall.

One initiative would create a municipally-funded clean elections program.

The other would extend ranked-choice voting to all school board and city council races.

The group says more than 100 volunteers collected signatures from mostly receptive residents.

"With most people all we had to say was ‘ranked choice voting’ or 'get the money out of politics' and they are like, ‘Where do I sign?’ And sometimes we'd try to have longer conversations so people would understand exactly what these charter amendments are going to do," Anna Kellar of Democracy Maine said.

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If the city clerk certifies the signatures, the city council will then vote to put the questions on the ballot.

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