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Election Updates

On Friday, September 18, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away from complications due to metastatic cancer of the pancreas. She was 87.

It is with deep and profound sadness that the League of Women Voters mourns her passing. A fierce advocate for women’s rights and civil rights, Justice Ginsburg’s vision for America transcended race, age, gender, and economic lines. She was a beloved champion of justice for all. Early in her career, she was a trailblazer who challenged the status quo and bucked tradition, upending gender norms and societal expectations of women through her strategic litigation approach. When she was denied opportunities, she created her own and ensured that the door was opened for others.

Over Justice Ginsburg’s 27-year service on the United States Supreme Court, she was a champion of the Constitution , famously penning a stirring defense of the Voting Rights Act in her dissent to the Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision and the Court’s opinion in the United States v. Virginia, which struck down Virginia Military Institute’s male-only admissions policy. Justice Ginsburg’s wisdom, determination, and dedication to equal rights embodied the League’s belief in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. She touched each and every one of our lives. 
 

May she rest in power. May her memory be a blessing. 

  

NEWS:

Town Clerks are experiencing a high volume of calls—unlike ever before. Voters are making their plans to vote early and by absentee ballot; but for many, this is the first time they have chosen to vote in this way. People have a lot of questions, but it's really as easy as 1-2-3. 1) Request your ballot, 2) fill out the ballot when it arrives, and 3) return it. Ballots will begin arriving in early October. Voters need only request their ballot ONCE. We encourage voters to check out our Help ME Vote Facebook group. Anyone can join, and you don't have to be a member of the group to post a question. Local experts are standing by to provide up-to-date, nonpartisan answers.

 

Reported on Thursday, September 17, California Judge Lucy Koh ordered that the premature Census wind-down must remain on hold until September 24. This puts the Census in limbo as challengers are fighting to extend the Census deadline. A bipartisan senate bill would also push the deadline to October 31. Currently, the deadline is September 30th. Read the letter that LWVME sent to Senator Collins about the Census.  

 

You can check out recent Absentee data hereAlmost 200,000 Mainers have requested their Absentee Ballot. The party breakdown of voters requesting an absentee ballot is: 58.0% Democrat, 15.6% Republican, 3.2% Green, and 23.3% unenrolled

Other stats: 66.3% were requested in CD1 and 33.7% in CD2. This was as of last Tuesday, September 15. While we have expected this data to be posted by the Secretary of State twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, it has been refreshed only once a week for this election season so far.   

 

WHAT IS THE LEAGUE WORKING ON?

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 22, is the autumnal equinox. It is also National Voter Registration Day. You can take action by encouraging your family, friends, and neighbors to register to vote. Mainers can register in-person or by mail. Send them to the League of Women Voters of Maine's website for more voter information.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Election Protection Info Trainings
Monday, September 21 at 6:00 PM 
Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM 
Saturday, September 26 at 5:00 PM

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

 

Absentee Voting Q&A
Wednesday, September 23 at noon [REGISTER HERE]

Election officials and Town Clerks are running an election like never before. Many people are choosing to vote early by requesting an absentee ballot. But how does Absentee Voting even work? What are the steps to completing and returning the ballots? What's the deadline for voting? And finally: how will my Town Clerk process all those ballots!? 

We'll walk you through the easy steps to voting absentee. We'll also open up the floor for questions –– with local experts on hand ready to answer them.

 

Phonebank Trainings
Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM [REGISTER HERE]
Friday, September 25 at 2:00 PM [REGISTER HERE]

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

 

The Struggle for Women's Suffrage:
Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM [REGISTER HERE]

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, when women won the right to vote. Commemorating the 19th amendment and reflecting on lessons learned and what remains undone, this presentation will celebrate that historic victory and the women who led the movement, while also providing a sober reflection on the compromises that split the movement and left many voters behind – choices that continue to echo 100 years later. The evening will conclude with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. 

Presented by the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth.