But, LePage – a republican firebrand – made one last jab at the drawn-out process when he wrote the words "stolen election" next to his signature.
November's congressional election in Maine marked the first time in US history the ranked-choice voting system determines the outcome of a congressional race.
Democratic Rep-Elect Jared Golden was projected by CNN to be the winner of the election in Maine's second district, with the new state law mandate 50.6% of the vote, Rep. Bruce Poliquin, received 49.4% of the vote.
Though Poliquin earned more first-choice votes on election day. Therefore, the election was done, and the two candidates were removed from the ballot. Golden was found to be the largest vote-getter in the race.
When the outcome of the election became clear, Poliquin, a two-term congressman, requested a recount citing confusion based upon the district's ranking system and the lack of transparency with the computer software used in voting. He also filed a lawsuit against Maine's Secretary of State Matt Dunlap at federal court in Bangor, Maine, challenging the constitutionality of the process.
"We have heard from countless Maine voters who were confused and even voiced their votes for computer-engineered rank voting," said Brendan Conley, a spokesman for the Poliquin campaign, in November.
Policeman has been forced to resign from his job for a year and has not been able to recover his legal challenge election.
LePage posted on Twitter Friday 25th of June. Golden wants to join the 1
16th Congress in January.
"Not only are the Governor's comments wrong, this is yet another attempt by the Maine GOP to undermine the willers of the Mainers, who twice voted to approve RCV," Golden said in a statement released Friday. "Maine people are tired of this child of poor leadership – which is why they are voting for sweeping change in November."