2021 Biennial Convention

We're always on the mission to protect voting rights, advocate for democracy reform, get big money out of politics, and safeguard free and fair elections. The Maine League stands out among any other state Leagues because of the momentum we carry behind our membership, volunteer efforts, and advocacy work. This year's Convention will be hosted virtually on Zoom. 

Convention is the powerful moment for League members to come together and vote on the future of our organization. But it's also so much more than that. We've invited guests to talk with our community about the importance of youth engagement and civics education, two major ways to inspire lifelong voters and civically-engaged lives. It's what we're all about: creating accessibility to the ballot and local government, and breaking down barriers for marginalized or disadvantaged youth.

DAY ONE

Friday, May 14

4:00 - 6:00 PM

Featuring special guest LWVUS President Deborah Turner. Deborah Turner, MD, JD, serves as the 20th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF).

 

Schedule:

4:00-4:30 PM — Welcome from LWVUS President Dr. Deborah Turner

4:30-5:00 PM — Q+A with Dr. Turner

5:00-6:00 PM — Local League Meet and Greet

DAY TWO

Saturday, May 15

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg will address our Convention. Kei is Director of the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), the premier resource nationwide on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.

 

Schedule:

9:00-9:30 AM — Welcome from Secretary of State Shenna Bellows and Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross

9:00-10:00 AM — Celebration of Centennial Success; President’s Vision

10:00-11:15 AM — Plenary Session I

11:15-11:30 AM — Ann Luther Volunteerism Award Presentation

11:30-12:30 PM — Lunch and Optional Breakout Sessions

1:00-2:00 PM — Keynote Address: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

2:00-3:00 PM — Plenary Session II

3:00 PM — Closing and Adjournment

 

Register in time to receive your packet! After you register, we will mail you the Convention workbook and fun swag. Swag items include your own keepsake Convention workbook, stickers, and LWVME pen.

Convention Booklet

What is Convention? 

Every two years, we host a Convention in which League members elect officers and directors, adopt programs, make bylaws changes, and adopt a budget. It's a formality common to every State League, but it's also an exciting opportunity to network and engage on relevant issues with fellow League members and with national and state experts. We'll mail you a Convention packet after you have registered. This packet will include a booklet, swag items, postcards, and a variety of other goodies.

 

I'm not officially a League member. Can I still attend?

Yes! Convention is open to everyone in the League community. We'll have a great lineup of speakers and workshops that you won't want to miss. However, if you want to participate in the voting process, you must be a League member. Click here to learn more about becoming a member. We do not want the cost of dues to be a barrier to membership. Anyone can be a League member, and with the "Pay As You Can" option, you can create the monthly or annual rate that works best for you. 

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Is there a cost to attend?

There is no cost to attend Convention. However, if you choose to donate, your donation will go towards the cost of running convention (i.e. print materials, booklets, and swag items). Additional funds will go towards sponsoring future League members, because we do not want the cost of dues to be a barrier to membership. 

 

FEATURED SPEAKERS: