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Democracy Forum on WERU FM Community Radio


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July 17 -- 
Election Reflections: July 14, 2020

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe 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 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

Now available as a podcast from WERU FM.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

July 17 -- Election Reflections: July 14, 2020

Our live programming at WERU is a casualty of the ongoing civil defense against COVID-19. Our loyal partners at WERU have taken steps to limit exposure for their volunteers and staff. We will be on the air as scheduled, Friday, JJuly 17, at 4:00 p.m. with a new episode pre-recorded on July 16. No listener calls will be taken, but comments may be emailed to with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

"Let’s do this another way. Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote. Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for. And that’s how we gonna hit 'em. Because it’s a lot of us. It’s a lot of us. It’s a lot of us." -- Terrence Floyd

We'll talk about who won the Maine primaries and why. How did Maine elections work under COVID restrictions? What does it all mean for the high-stakes election in November? 

Special Guests: 

  • Matt Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State
  • Amy Fried, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine
  • Jill Goldthwait, award-winning columnist for the Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander.

Key Topics:

  • How did it go overall?
  • How much absentee voting, how much on Election Day?

  • What was turnout overall compared to other non-gubernatorial primaries?

  • Were there any problems?

  • What adjustments does this suggest for November?

To learn more, follow these links to related content:

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

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