Making Democracy Work

Proposed Program 2017-2019

Making democracy work

Proposed 2017-2019 Program

Positions: Retain all current positions except:

The Board recommends retiring our position on Equality in Marriage.

We are proud of our history on this issue and our leadership in advancing this position to the national League. However, this issue has been settled by the U.S. Supreme Court and is now settled law.

Two Topics Proposed for Study to Determine New Policy Positions for LWVME

The Board of Directors is proposing two topics for study over the next two years. Because League studies are designed to be thorough and fair, the process can be lengthy. The Board is proposing a Concurrence program topic that would take a year and a Consensus program topic that would take up to two years. The proposed topics are:

  • Concurrence Program: The Board of the League of Women Voters of Maine proposes a study on Primary Election Systems based on the study done by the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Florida, and possibly other state Leagues.

  • Consensus Program: The Board of the League of Women Voters of Maine proposes a study on the appropriate uses, restrictions, and financing of Citizens Initiatives.

Two Major New Project Initiatives for LWVME and the LWVME Education Fund

Consistent with our strategic planning, the Board of Directors is proposing two major new projects for the next two years. Both of these can be mostly or entirely funded through the LWVME Education Fund. The combination of these two projects may require $150,000 or more in grant funding.

  • Ranked Choice Voting (RCV): Collaborate with other interested organizations to guide RCV through the legislative session, appropriations to the Secretary of State's office, rulemaking, and roll-out in 2018. Act as the lead organization for voter education on RCV.

  • Community Conversations: Pick one key issue each election cycle. Utilizing community conversations and discussion circles, and partnering with other civic organizations, libraries, Maine Humanities Council, etc. engage communities across the state in discussions regarding that public policy issues. Build a corps of trained facilitators. Develop facilitator guides and other supporting material specific to each topic. Partners might include the Living Room Conversations and the National Institute for Civil Discourse.