Making Democracy Work

Take Action

 

1) Black Lives Matter. The Black Lives Matter movement calls for a solution and end to the systemic racism that allows a culture of corruption to go unchecked and black lives to be taken. It calls for defunding the police and investing in our communities and resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive.

Right now, activists in cities across America are putting their bodies on the line, at the risk of police violence and arrest. Your local bail funds play an important role in supporting people engaging in protests.

  • Donate to your local bail fund, or to the National Bail Fund Network which divides the money between bail funds in cities across the country. 
  • Follow the lead of Black-led organizations deeply entrenched in racial justice work, including:
  • Movement for Black Lives has organized a week of actions — each day making a demand that community, state, and national leaders must commit to in order to create meaningful change.
  • Text FLOYD to 55156 to learn more about Color of Change, the online racial justice organization building power for Black communities.
  • Black Voters Matter, a voter registration project protecting voting rights.

Educate yourself and the people around you: We encourage non-Black allies to deepen their understanding of how racism affects us all by reading these anti-racism resources and having conversations with your family and friends.

 

2.) Urge our Senators to take action on the Voting Rights Advancement Act. It is an unfortunate fact that discrimination in voting against racial, ethnic, and language minorities continues to go unchecked and unremedied in America. This should be unacceptable in a nation that takes pride in its democratic values. Building a future with better policy outcomes means making sure our election rules and processes remain secure. Reform has passed the U.S. House and now it waits in the Senate. It’s time we call on our Senators to act on the Voting Rights Advancement Act and put an end to voter suppression in this country. 

 

3) Funding for Elections. In March, Congress worked to add $400 million in aid to states to address necessary policies to safeguard our elections during COVID-19. This money is just a down payment on the real funding needed to protect the right to vote in the November elections. It is imperative Congress provides the necessary funding to transform our election system to respond to this crisis and ensure voting remains fair, accessible, and safe. Use this Action Alert from LWVUS to contact our Senators now. Or call your Senators at 1-888-415-4527 to ask them to include $4 billion in funding to secure our elections in the next stimulus package.

 

4) Vote Absentee. Maine's next election is on Tuesday, November 3. If you are registered to vote and able to receive mail, please vote absentee. That will reduce crowds at polling places and increase safety for poll workers and voters who need to vote in person. After you have submitted your request, a ballot will arrive by mail in October. 

AUGUST 5, 2020 UPDATE: For the next few weeks, you CANNOT request your ballot online. The Maine Secretary of State is updating the website to make it easier for users. The good news: you can request your ballot by phone or by mail. Visit our Absentee How-to page for more information

 

5) Update your voter registration. If you’re not registered to vote where you live, or if your party enrollment is not up to date, you can take care of this now. Just download and print a copy of Maine’s voter registration card, fill it out at home, and mail it back in! Or you can ask your town clerk to mail you a card. Completed voter registration cards, along with necessary documentation, may be mailed to your town office or city hall, or sent to the Secretary of State's Office in Augusta. You may be able to drop them off at your town office, but call first.

To print a voter registration card

Instructions for filling out the card

Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, including how to submit a valid ID and how to document your current name and address. For more information about voter registration, click here.

Voters do not need to be enrolled in a party to vote in a general election. Learn more about party enrollment here.

 

6) Complete Your Census Form. Respond online at my2020census.gov or complete and return the paper questionnaire. And check with your friends, family, and co-workers to make sure they do, too.