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I thought this was a very interesting bit of democracy in the USA, (Maine).

'Proportional Representation' has been discussed in the UK as a way of sidestepping the limitations of the 'First Past the Post' system - here's an interesting variant in action.

'Ranked Choice Voting' - election officials distribute candidates’ supporters’ second and third choices until either the Democrat or Republican gain a majority.

''Maine’s 2nd congressional district made history Thursday afternoon as it named Jared Golden the winner of his race for incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s (R-Maine) seat, after the state used ranked-choice voting for the first time in a national race to determine the winner. Shortly after a federal judge rejected Poliquin’s lawsuit in which he attempted to halt the ranked-choice voting (RCV) process, election officials forged ahead in their tabulation of ballots and found that Golden won 50.53 percent of the vote, compared to Poliquin’s 49.47 percent.''

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''Maine voters reaffirmed their support for RCV last June—after a previous vote in favor of the system was blocked by the legislature—ensuring that voters in the 2nd district could rank the four candidates for Poliquin’s seat in order from their favorite to least favorite when they went to the polls on Election Day. One of the candidates would have had to gather more than 50 percent of the first-choice voters in order for the election to be called. When Poliquin won only 46 percent of the vote and Golden won 45.9 percent, election officials prepared to distribute two independent candidates’ supporters’ second and third choices until either the Democrat or Republican gained a majority.''

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/stunning-historic-victory-democrat-maine-federal-judge-rejects-gop-lawsuit/
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Some reassuring news for the under pressure Robert Mueller - what a guy he must be . . .
 
''U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, has denied a Russian firm’s attempt to have charges of election interference dropped.

In a Thursday filing, Friedrich ruled against Concord Management and Consulting’s motion to dismiss charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation
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https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/trump-appointed-judge-utterly-crushes-russian-firm-trying-squirm-mueller-election-indictment/
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