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GOP legislator, who drops the challenge to Maine's new electoral system



Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) adjourns its judicial appeal to the constitutionality of Maine's ranking system and says it is time to "close this confusing and unfair chapter of the voting history."

Poliquin, who lost his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Jared Golden in the second congressional district of Maine, alleged in a statement that voting rankings was unlawful.

The congressman after his loss had sought a judicial challenge to the system of eligibility of the state in the first congressional race, determined by the process.

But on Monday, Poliquin said he believed it was "in the best interest of my constituents" not to push ahead with legal action.

"Despite the largest number I believe it is on Election Day that it is in the best interest of my constituents and all citizens of Maine to close this confusing and unfair chapter of the voting history by ending all further legal action" he said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The election of voters requires a vote that means that the candidates are ordered according to the preference.

If no candidate receives 50 percent of the votes, the candidate with the fewest first places will be eliminated and these votes will be reallocated to the second election of voters.

Golden ended up winning the company's headquarters because he finished second and third.

After Poliquin was not declared victorious, he filed a lawsuit asking US District Judge Lance Walker to either appoint him to the winner or order another election for the district.

Finally, Walker dismissed the lawsuit and Poliquin said he would appeal the decision.

But earlier this month, Poliquin dropped his demand for a recount, effectively ending his challenge for the race.

In his statement on Monday, Poliquin Golden wished well.

"Although we may not agree, I personally wish Jared Golden the best for the upcoming term," he said.


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