Making Democracy Work

Events Coming Up

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, December 1, 2017-Saturday, December 1, 2018
Various around the state, including the Greater Portland Area, Bangor, Lewiston, and Acadia National Park Naturalization Ceremonies. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more dates and information at New Citizens Register to Vote
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor Book Group. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for dinner and a book discussion. The March book is Janesvill: An American Story by Amy Goldstein.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Scarborough High School
11 Municipal Dr.
Scarborough, ME 04074
Reviving Civility: Building Bridges with Civil Dialogue. Scarborough Adult Ed Class. $5 Adult Ed. fee; $10 for handouts. Information and registration here.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Ann's House
LWV-Downeast Book Group. Our book for March will be Re-Writing the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity by Joseph Stiglistz 2015, 256 pages.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at

Friday, March 16, 2018
10-11:00 am
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at Democracy Forum -- Gerrymandering: What's the Big Deal?. LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about how redistricting has changed over the last 50 years, the emergence of extreme partisan gerrymandering, court cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and why it matters in Maine. Guests: Matt Dube, Assistant Professor in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maine-Augusta, and Elaine Kamark, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program and Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Speaking in Maine
Maine Public Radio
Shauna Shames on "Speaking in Maine". LWVME, the Maine Scholars Strategy Network, and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center worked together to bring to Maine Dr. Shauna Shames, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, for a series of speaking engagements. If you missed her talk in person, here's your chance to hear it on the radio: "The Great (Political) Divide: Why Women and Millennials are Underrepresented in Politics," will broadcast on Maine Public's Speaking in Maine. You can follow follow along with her PowerPoint slides here. The charts are also in her book, Out of the Running.
Friday, April 6, 2018-Sunday, April 8, 2018
Hampton Inn & Suites
900 Post Road
Wells, ME 04090
New England States Leadership Development Conference. Save the date. It will be six states again this year! State League leaders from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT are developing an agenda for this year that is sure to be the best yet.

We will gather once again at the Hampton Inn in Wells, ME. Here's the link for details and registration information.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Ann's House
LWV-Downeast Book Group. Our book for April will be Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum 2018, 320 pages.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Martin's Point Jewell Room
331 Veranda Street, Building 6
Portland, ME 04104
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Bring your dinner!
Sunday, May 20, 2018
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Kathy's House
Brunswick League Book Group. Our book for May will be One Nation after Trump: A Guide fo the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann.

RSVP or get directions at

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  Primary Election in Maine.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.
Frontier Cafe
14 Maine St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Midterm Elections Results: What Can We Expect?. Panel discussion featuring Bowdoin Profession Andrew Rudalevige; Democratic State Senator Brownie Carson; small business owner Fred Horch; and Republican lobbyist and former state legislator Pam Cahill. Moderated by Bob Howe. Tickets $5 available at the door.