Drafts Of State Senate Redistricting Maps Not Sufficient For Public Input

Friday, September 17, 2021

[PORTLAND, ME] – Today, the League of Women Voters of Maine issued the following statement on the proposed State Senate maps released by Maine’s Apportionment Commission on Thursday, September 16: 

“The League of Women Voters of Maine is very disappointed to see that the State Senate maps from both parties released yesterday lack the information and detail necessary to allow the public to sufficiently weigh in,” said Anna Keller, Executive Director. 

“Voters in municipalities that are proposed to be split such as Portland and Scarborough are unable to determine which district they are proposed to be in,” said Kellar. “We urge the Commission to immediately release shapefiles of proposed districts to meet its constitutional mandate to allow full public review of plans prior to submission. Maine taxpayers are funding the Commission's work, and are entitled to a full review of the maps it has created.”

Maine's Apportionment Commission will be holding a public hearing on proposed U.S. Congress, State Senate, and County Commissioner maps on Monday, September 20 at 8:30 AM. The Commission's deadline to submit proposed maps to the Legislature is September 27. 

You can follow League updates on the redistricting process here: lwvme.org/Redistricting

The League of Women Voters of Maine is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.