Breen Response to Outrageous Senate Order

Posted: April 03, 2018 | Senator Breen

AUGUSTA — Late Monday night, the Maine Senate passed an unprecedented Senate Order which permits the Senate President to pursue broad legal action regarding administration of ranked-choice voting.  The vote was 21-13.

Sen. Cathy Breen, of Falmouth, who opposed the measure, and who led efforts to amend the Maine Constitution to reflect the will of the people, released the following statement:

“I want to be clear – the Senate President does not speak for me or the entirety of the Senate. I am deeply opposed to this blatant effort to undermine the will of the voters, and I’m appalled at this unprecedented overreach on the part of the Senate President.

Last night’s vote highlights the failure of the Legislature to take action on the issue over the past year and a half.  It is our basic responsibility as lawmakers to represent the will of the people, which is why – over a year ago –  I sponsored legislation to amend Maine’s Constitution to comport with ranked-choice voting.  My constitutional amendment would have addressed all of the concerns laid out by the Senate Order, including questions relating to funding and implementation. Instead, Republican lawmakers rejected every attempt to make ranked-choice voting work. The very problem that ranked-choice voting supporters want to solve, hyper-partisanship in our government, was on full display last night.”