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September 21 -- Elections in Maine: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

September 21 -- Elections in Maine: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood - rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky - they all turn out in one day. -- David Byrne, Talking Heads

We'll talk about what citizens need to know about the conduct of elections in Maine: what are the opportunities for citizen participation and observation; what aspects are conducted by the State with regard to the security and integrity of the process and the electronic components; what role do the town clerks play in making sure things run smoothly, etc. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

Special Guests:

  • Patti Dubois, Waterville City Clerk.
  • Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State, Maine Secretary of State's Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.

Key Topics:

  • What can voters expect for Election Day 2018?
  • Can Maine voters trust the election process?
  • Which aspects are under the jurisdiction of the State of Maine? Which are under local control?
  • How well-prepared is Maine for election disruption and foreign or political interference?
  • What can citizens do if they suspect something is going wrong?
  • What can citizens do to build confidence in local elections?

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Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

Recent Topics in this Series

July
DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT: A Necessary Evil or a Weapon of Destruction?

June
STATE PRE-EMPTION: Who's Got the Power?

May
IMMIGRATION: Can We Live Without It?

April
RANKED CHOICE VOTING: How Will It Work in Maine?

March
GERRYMANDERING: What's the Big Deal?

February
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: What Are They Good For?

November
TEN MONTHS IN: Taking Stock in Maine

October
POLITICAL PARTIES: Do They Still Matter?

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.