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Round-up of Blog Posts from the League

Citizen Observations on Topics of Interest

Here are some highlights from the LWVME blog. Go to LWVME Blog to see all the posts or to sign up.

Maine lawmakers seek to shield audio recordings.

Maine lawmakers worry that recordings of public hearings may be used to embarrass them -- and are considering ways to stop that from happening. Read the full post by guest contribution Judy Meyer.

Tips for Facilitating Community Conversations in Difficult Times

It just takes a few tips and a little practice. You can do it! Read more. Posted March 27, 2017, but Tiffany Greco.

Intent to Stay: A Student's View of LD 155

Katie Stevenson talks about a student's commitment to Maine -- and to voting -- in response to LD 155, student voting restrictions. Posted March 21, 2017.

Citizen Initiatives...Be Careful What You Wish For

Is the initiative process too easy? Is it being over-used? Should the legislature make it harder? Read more. Posted by Maggie Harling, March 21, 2017.

Civil Discourse in Legislative Hearings

Civil discourse takes practice, and it's hard to get right when passions run high. Sometimes we get it wrong. Irene Lang, March 2, 2017.

Voter ID Laws Damage Our Democracy

Rather than protecting "the integrity of the voting box," voter ID laws hurt our democracy and clearly have no place in Maine. Here's why LWVME opposes photo ID Posted Feburary 28, 2017

Solemn Occasion Request on RCV Advanced by Maine Senate

Maine Senate votes to ask the Maine Supreme Court to weigh in on the new ranked choice voting law. Read the full post from February 2, 2017.

The Voter Fraud Myth

"Let's be honest: perpetuating the myth of voter fraud without evidence is a political tactic designed to undermine voter rights and participation. The goal is to delegitimize the one part of the political process that all citizens should have access to." Check out the blog post from LWVME on the myth of voter fraud and learn what you can do to protect the right to vote. Posted January 26, 2017.

2016 Ballot Questions

This slide deck presentation provides the descriptions, background and yes/no arguments for all six of the ballot questions on Maine's November ballot. Posted October 11, 2916.

New U.S. Citizens Register to Vote

LWVME summer intern, Sarah Palmer, gets inspired by new citizens hunger for democracy. Posted June 15, 2016.

Maine has lost its long-time commitment to open government

Guest contributor Mal Leary blogs about weaknesses in Maine's commitment to open government and changes that may be needed to secure future compliance with best practices. Read the post from May 4, 2016. Mal is the Vice President of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition, of which LWVME is a long-standing member.

Recording legislative proceedings gives citizens more access to government

Keeping the "public" in public meetings. Read the post. Posted April 29, 2016.

Women's History Month: Maine Suffrage Leader

Historic campaigns to win voting rights continue to inspire the work of the LWVME, like this one about Maine suffrage leader, Florence Brooks Whitehouse. Posted March 25, 2016.

As Maine Goes... History of Maine's Voting Laws

To celebrate Maine Statehood day (March 15), the League of Women Voters of Maine looks into the history of voting rights and constitutional amendments in Maine. Read the full post. Posted March 22, 2016.

Everything You Need to Know About Maine's Caucus System

Well, maybe not everything. You have to experience it for yourself. But here's what you need to know to get started this year. Posted February 5, 2016.

State Budget Deliberations Must Be Open and Transparent

Letter from the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition, posted January 4, 2016.

2015 Elections: The Good News and the Bad News

Why Voter Registration is a Top Priority

On the importance of voting and reducing barriers to voting. Read the full post from September 22 in honor of National Voter Registration Day.

LWVME Position: Where We Stand on Gun Control

The League's position on gun control goes back to 1990. Read what we've been doing since then. Posted August 10, 2015.

Maine's FOA Law Cloudy Closed-Door Meetings

LWVME calls for an end to corner caucuses. Posted July 6, 2015. Read more. Follow our blog by entering your email address in the upper right-hand corner.