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September 18 -- Who Votes, Who Can't, and Who Won't

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.

September 18 -- Who Votes, Who Can't, and Who Won't

This new episode will be pre-recorded on September 16. No listener calls will be taken, but comments may be emailed to with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

“We must protest peacefully, demand persistently, and fight politically. But most of all, we must vote in November.” -- Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP

We'll talk about voter participation in marginalized communities: structural/ systemic/ institutional barriers to voting, and motivational barriers to voting. 

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at

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Key Topics:

  • In Maine, given that our laws are pretty inclusive, what obstacles to voting do people in marginalized communities still face?

  • What about the motivational barriers that people face?

  • To what extent are people making a rational decision not to vote: calculating correctly that it really doesn’t make much difference on the issues that are acutely important to them?

  • Maine does not exist in a bubble democracy. Can we get the public policy we want if other states or the federal government are skewed by voter suppression?

  • What special issues arise for indigenous people? Has voting for the tribes been complicated by issues of sovereignty?

  • What can citizens do here in Maine?

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

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Ranked Choice Voting: How's It Working in 2020

Voting in a Pandemic: The Upcoming Primary Election in Maine

Super Tuesday Comes to Maine March 3

CENSUS 2020: Everyone Counts

IS GOVERNMENT DOING GOOD: Policy Feedback Effects and the Civic Divide

HATE AND FEAR IN POLITICS: How Fear and Anger Endanger Democracy

BLACK LIES, WHITE LIES, AND BLUE LIES: Lies that Divide, Lies that Unite

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