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Date & TimePlaceDescription
Wednesday
Jul 8, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Primary Watch

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections.

Since the disaster of Wisconsin's primary back in April, we have been pushing for reforms to protect Maine voters. We joined forces with other nonprofit advocacy groups to form a Maine Election Coalition and sent our demands to Gov. Mills on May 1st. In this webinar, we'll talk about storylines we are watching for as we approach the July 14th primary. We'll also answer any last chance voting questions. 

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Jul 1, 2020
1:00 pm
Textbank Training

Learn to use our online system to text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! 

Sign up here. 

Wednesday
Jul 1, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: BLM and Local Police Reform

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections.

This webinar will feature a panel of local organizers to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and the demand for police reform. Charlotte Warren, Micky Bondo, and Natasha Irving will talk about the local and state level approaches to reform. The upcoming elections will be important, and the way that we vote affects the criminal justice system from top to bottom. 

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
Jun 30, 2020
6:30 pm
LWV Capital Area: Winner Take All

Join us at our next meeting via Zoom!
Lori Calderone, expert on the National Popular Vote and fellow Leaguer, will discuss the need to pass the NPV compact. We will view the film "Winner Take All" and wrap up with a Q&A. Join in on the conversation and get fired up about NPV!

REGISTER HERE 

Tuesday
Jun 30, 2020
3:30 pm
Textbank Training

Learn to use our online system to text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! 

Sign up here. 

Monday
Jun 29, 2020
4:30 pm
Textbank Training

Learn to use our online system to text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! 

Sign up here. 

Friday
Jun 26, 2020
11:00 am
Textbank Training

Learn to use our online system to text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! 

Sign up here. 

Thursday
Jun 25, 2020
6:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here

Thursday
Jun 25, 2020
5:00 pm
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Thursday
Jun 25, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here

Thursday
Jun 25, 2020
2:00 pm
The Struggle for Women's Suffrage

Rockland Public Library will host “The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future,” a talk by Ann Luther and Sheila Kirby. The program is co-sponsored by League of Women Voters - Midcoast and will be presented on Zoom. Find more information here.

To receive a link to attend via Zoom, please email sbillings@rocklandmaine.gov by noon on the day of the event

Thursday
Jun 25, 2020
10:00 am
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Wednesday
Jun 24, 2020
2:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here

Wednesday
Jun 24, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Ranked Choice Voting

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections.

When it comes to reporting on Ranked Choice Voting, Maine often gets tossed in as the "feel good" story. Mainers love using RCV, and we vote in favor of it time and time again. Maine recently got a mention during the latest episode of the Patriot Act because of this. We'll talk about how RCV has been working in Maine, being sure to mention the People's Veto effort to block the use of RCV during the November election. 

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
Jun 23, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here

Friday
Jun 19, 2020
5:30 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here

Friday
Jun 19, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- One Person, One Vote: The Electoral College and the National Popular Vote

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about the Electoral College, is it working as intended—and by the way, what was intended?—what issues have emerged over time, is Popular Election of the President a solution, and where does the National Popular Vote Compact fit in. Special Guests: Saul Anuzisprincipal and managing partner of Coast to Coast Strategies; Mark Brewerprofessor of political science at the University of Maine - Orono; and Eileen Reaveynational grassroots director at National Popular Vote.

Live programming at WERU is a casualty of the ongoing civil defense against COVID-19, so this show will be pre-recorded June 17. No listener calls will be taken, but comments may be emailed to news@weru.org with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Jun 18, 2020
5:00 pm
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Thursday
Jun 18, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here.

Thursday
Jun 18, 2020
10:00 am
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Wednesday
Jun 17, 2020
5:00 pm
Zoom
LWV Downeast Book Group

We're moving our book group to a Zoom conference beginning in June. We've chosen How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America by Heather Cox Richardson

Email downeast@lwvme.org for more information or to get the Zoom link. Great snacks on a BYO basis, but we'll bring some good company.

Wednesday
Jun 17, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here: https://www.mainecleanelections.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=831

Wednesday
Jun 17, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: the Right to Protest

This week, we’ll talk with ACLU Maine’s Michael Kabede about the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights, civil disobedience, racial disparities, and the rights of protesters. Don’t miss it.

The themes of the talk are: the judicial strategy versus the movement strategy; the nonprofit infrastructure versus the social movement infrastructure; police reform versus radical socioeconomic transformation; the vision of Barack Obama versus the vision of Patrice Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza; electioneering versus structural change. 

Michael will spend some time describing the case studies of Colorado's recent reformism versus Minneapolis's radicalism, and finish by comparing our local movements' demands with Maine's local and state governments' move to scrutinize police policy. 

REGISTER HERE
 

Tuesday
Jun 16, 2020
5:30 pm
Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come and join us for our monthly meeting, conducted via Zoom. We will also be watching a short film on the National Popular Vote. 

REGISTER HERE.

Monday
Jun 15, 2020
6:00 pm
Democracy Maine Advocacy Briefing

Want to get involved with our work? Join us for this briefing on our key advocacy issues for the upcoming year. Sign up here, and we will send you information on how to join virtually before the event.

Monday
Jun 15, 2020
12:00 am
zd
Saturday
Jun 13, 2020
12:00 pm
Online
Winner Take All: Film Screening and Discussion

We'll gather on Zoom to watch the short film, Winner Take All, then we'll be joined by Sylvia Bernstein and Lori Calderone, League activists from Colorado and Maine, to talk about effort to pass the National Popular Vote Compact. Email us a downeast@lwvme.org for more information. Register here to join us by Zoom on the 13th.
 

Friday
Jun 12, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here: https://www.mainecleanelections.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=823

Friday
Jun 12, 2020
12:00 pm
Online Via Zoom
Lunch & Learn

We’re joining our allies at Maine Conservation Voters for their Lunch and Learn series. This week, it will feature Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and Lewiston City Clerk Kathy Montejo discussing what you need to know about the July 14 primary and voting in Maine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

REGISTER HERE

Thursday
Jun 11, 2020
5:00 pm
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Thursday
Jun 11, 2020
10:00 am
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Thursday
Jun 11, 2020
9:00 am
Lewiston/ Auburn Or Bangor (tbd)Neighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation.
sign up here 

Wednesday
Jun 10, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here

Wednesday
Jun 10, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Question 1, Maine Broadband Coalition

Our upcoming July 14th primary has two questions on the ballot. Question 1 is the "Maine High-Speed Internet Infrastructure Bond." As we rely increasingly on the internet for vital services, including access to election information and the Census, high-speed broadband is increasingly essential for full participation in our democracy and in civic life more broadly.


LWVME is proud to join a growing list of people and organizations urging a YES vote on Question 1. 

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
Jun 9, 2020
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The June book is Blowout by Rachel Maddow.

Friday
Jun 5, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here: https://www.mainecleanelections.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=821

Thursday
Jun 4, 2020
5:00 pm
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Thursday
Jun 4, 2020
11:00 am
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you! Sign up here: https://www.mainecleanelections.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=820

Thursday
Jun 4, 2020
10:00 am
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Wednesday
Jun 3, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Protecting Our Vote

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections.

This week we'll dive into the Voting Rights Advancement Act, or HR 4. HR 4 strengthens the famous Voting Rights Act of 1965 that was significantly weakened by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder. This bill would require states with a history of voting rights violations to preclear any changes to voting that could have a discriminatory impact. This bill was passed by the house in December 2019, but it has not been approved by the Senate.

REGISTER HERE. 

Friday
May 29, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection!  Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Sign up here

Thursday
May 28, 2020
5:00 pm
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference. 

Sign up here

Thursday
May 28, 2020
10:00 am
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference. 

Sign up here

Wednesday
May 27, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection!  Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Sign up here

Wednesday
May 27, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: How Money in Politics Affects You

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections.

**Originally this week's webinar was going to cover the Voting Rights Advancement Act, or HR4. We're swtiching it up, keeping it exciting, and instead sticking with last's weeks theme of money in politics. If you have already registered for this webinar, the join links will remain the same.** 

Offering an introduction to online research tools available to the public, we'll discuss how corporate interests shape our lives. We'll also touch on candidates, political committees, issue committees, party committees, lobbyists -- the whole gambit. Get your toolbox ready, because we're going to fill it with everything you'll need for upcoming elections!

REGISTER HERE

Friday
May 22, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection!  Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Sign up here

Thursday
May 21, 2020
5:00 pm
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference. Contact evan.tess@democracymaine.org for more information.

Sign up here

Thursday
May 21, 2020
10:00 am
Friend to Friend Workshop

Do you want to be strategic and effective at voter engagement? Join this workshop to learn how to successfully encourage the people you know to get out and vote. We'll do friend mapping, create outreach strategies, and develop personalized scripts. You'll leave this workshop ready to talk to people about voting and make a difference.

Sign up here

Wednesday
May 20, 2020
3:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to call and text voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection!  Help us call Maine voters and make sure they know the new date of the primary and can request their absentee ballots. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Sign up here

Wednesday
May 20, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Corporate Contributions

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections.

2020 is a huge election year, and that means corporations are giving money to candidates and PACs. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections is publishing a fresh report on corporate contributions. We'll break it down during this webinar. We are keeping an eye on how corporate interests are shaping Maine politics. 

REGISTER HERE

Monday
May 18, 2020
2:00 pm
Webinar: Zoom
New England States Development Conference: Part Four

We are happy to announce the new four part series, and you can tune in on Mondays at 2 PM. Topics will cover the same theme and ideas: The League of Women Voters believes in empowering voters and defending democracy. We are committed to a program that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. This year's conference will use that lens to empower us to better engage disengaged and disenfranchised voters.

PART FOUR:

Join an Engagement Workshop Panel Presentation. The panel will discuss how Leagues can maximize the impact of our work to engage disengaged and disenfranchised voters. Panelists will share insights about how we can encourage change in voting behaviors; the benefits of cooperation among groups working to engage voters, especially those who feel disengaged or left out; and the crucial role legislation plays in getting everyone to the polls. 

We will host a timely conversation about how Leagues are handling the pandemic and the challenges to our elections.

REGISTER HERE.

Friday
May 15, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Ranked Choice Voting: How's It Working in 2020

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about ranked choice voting (RCV) in the upcoming July and November elections in Maine, developments in other states, the possible effect of a people's veto and a pending law suit, and more. 

Special Guests: John Brautigam, Esq., Senior Advisor & Counsel, League of Women Voters of Maine; and Hon. Marc Roberts, 4th term Republican State Legislator from Utah.

Live programming at WERU is a casualty of the ongoing civil defense against COVID-19, so this show will be pre-recorded the week of May 11. No listener calls will be taken, but comments may be emailed to news@weru.org with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Wednesday
May 13, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap webinar: Absentee Voting For a Safe Election

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis.

Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections. For the July 14th primary, LWVME encourages voters to request an Absentee Ballot to keep lines short at in-person polling locations. We'll talk about the differences between Absentee Voting and Vote-by-Mail, and how these two methods help increase accessibility and participation. 

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
May 12, 2020
5:30 pm
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The May book is Presidents of War. by Michael Beschloss. To join the Zoom meeting for this discussion, please contact Barbara McDade at bamcdade@roadrunner.com.

Monday
May 11, 2020
2:00 pm
Webinar: Zoom
New England States Development Conference: Part Three

We are happy to announce the new four part series, and you can tune in on Mondays at 2 PM. Topics will cover the same theme and ideas: The League of Women Voters believes in empowering voters and defending democracy. We are committed to a program that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. This year's conference will use that lens to empower us to better engage disengaged and disenfranchised voters.

PART THREE:

Join an Engagement Workshop Panel Presentation. The panel will discuss how Leagues can maximize the impact of our work to engage disengaged and disenfranchised voters. Panelists will share insights about how we can encourage change in voting behaviors; the benefits of cooperation among groups working to engage voters, especially those who feel disengaged or left out; and the crucial role legislation plays in getting everyone to the polls. 

Panelists: Yanna Krupnikov, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University, Mufalo Chitam, Executive Director, Maine Immigrants' Rights Coalition, and NH senator Melanie Levesque.

REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday
May 6, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Slay the Dragon

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis.

Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections. We'll talk about Maine's redistricting process and the census changes. Maine’s 2020 Census count is ranked 46th out of the 50 states in its response rate. It's time to improve those stats. 

REGISTER HERE

This week's webinar is inspired by the film Slay the Dragon. We've partnered with Portland Museum of Art to encourage people to check out a viewing of the film. You can stream it anytime from your couch. Check it out here.

Monday
May 4, 2020
2:00 pm
Webinar: Zoom
New England States Development Conference: Part Two

We are happy to announce the new four part series, and you can tune in on Mondays at 2 PM. Topics will cover the same theme and ideas: The League of Women Voters believes in empowering voters and defending democracy. We are committed to a program that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. This year's conference will use that lens to empower us to better engage disengaged and disenfranchised voters.

PART TWO:

Join a workshop with Yanna Krupnikov, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University. Professor Krupnikov will share her research on the potential for power in information, integrating psychology and political science in order to identify points at which new information can have the most profound effect on the way people form political opinions, make political choices and, ultimately, take political actions. Prof. Krupnikov joins us with the generous support of the Scholars Strategy Network of Maine.

REGISTER HERE.

Friday
May 1, 2020
1:00 pm
Zoom
Webinar: Voter Registration and Canvassing Training

The Neighbor to Neighbor outreach effort had planned to canvass the week of May 8th to cover Lewiston/Auburn, Augusta, and Ellsworth areas in collaboration with Immigrant Welcome Center and Common Purpose. COVID-19 has changed that. Instead, we are conducting a webinar training so we can pick up canvassing once it is safe to do so.

This will be an opportunity for our veteran canvassers to meet with new canvassors from Maine and from outside Maine. Please join us for an opportunity to learn and be inspired in being a foot soldier in defense of our democratic principles. Invite your friends and family members to join us. COVID-19 will not silent our voice. 

Click this link to register.

Wednesday
Apr 29, 2020
5:00 pm
Online
CANCELLED: Downeast: Citizen Initiative Consensus Study Meeting Part 2

CANCELLED. We got it done in one meeting.

If you share our passion for Making Democracy Work, please join us at the Citizens’ initiative Study Group for Downeast League members. We'll be meeting on Zoom to discuss the background material and answer the consensus questions, first on April 22, then again on April 29. Please register to join the conversation. Learn more about this study at https://www.lwvme.org/CIStudy.html. Email us a downeast@lwvme.org for more information. Register now to join the conversation.
 

Wednesday
Apr 29, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Why the National Popular Vote Matters

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis.

Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections. This week will cover the National Popular Vote. What is it? Why does it matter for Maine? 

The National Popular Vote compact guarantees the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The League of Women Voters believes that the direct-popular-vote method for electing the President and Vice-President is essential to representative government. 

REGISTER HERE

Monday
Apr 27, 2020
2:00 pm
Webinar: Zoom
New England States Development Conference: Part One

We are happy to announce the new four part series, and you can tune in on Mondays at 2 PM. Topics will cover the same theme and ideas: The League of Women Voters believes in empowering voters and defending democracy. We are committed to a program that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. This year's conference will use that lens to empower us to better engage disengaged and disenfranchised voters.

PART ONE:

Discussion with Virginia Kase, CEO, LWVUS. Ms. Kase will give us an overview of where today’s League fits into the national landscape of democracy reform and voter engagement.

REGISTER HERE.

Thursday
Apr 23, 2020
6:00 pm
Protect Our Vote Maine: Virtual Town Hall

Join the Declaration for American Democracy and LWVME to defend democracy and #ProtectOurVote in Maine. This virtual town hall will feature Senator Angus King. 

We'll be simultaneously live-streaming on Facebook. Attendees will be able to submit questions through Facebook and in the Q&A feature of the webinar. Also featuring:

Kathy Montejo, Lewiston City Clerk

Lori Parham, State Director of AARP

Robyn Merrill, Executive Director of Maine Equal Justice

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Wednesday
Apr 22, 2020
5:00 pm
Online
Downeast: Citizen Initiative Consensus Study Meeting Part 1

If you share our passion for Making Democracy Work, please join us at the Citizens’ initiative Study Group for Downeast League members. We'll be meeting on Zoom to discuss the background material and answer the consensus questions, first on April 22, then again on April 29. Please register to join the conversation. Learn more about this study at https://www.lwvme.org/CIStudy.html. Email us a downeast@lwvme.org for more information. Register now to join the conversation.
 

Wednesday
Apr 22, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: Federal Actions on Elections

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis.

Your weekly updates on how COVID-19 is impacting Maine politics and elections. This week will cover what federal actions are taking place to protect elections and voters. We want to make sure voters can safely and securely vote while also maintaining public health. We will talk about the additional money that is needed to support states making reforms, including Maine.

Maine Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood will join the discussion. 

REGISTER HERE.

Tuesday
Apr 21, 2020
7:00 pm
Webinar: Zoom
The 40% Solution: How to Get Those Who Don’t Vote to Vote

Many introverts prefer to make political decisions in a quiet and reserved setting, allowing more time for thought and reflection. Some find the noise and chaos to be so off-putting that they choose not to vote.

Join Arthur Lieber for an upcoming webinar examining ideas that can make public decision-making more inviting to introverts. Topics will also include education reform, with a focus on opening up the field of teaching to individuals who are above all else, empathetic. We will also look at needed structural change in politics such as abolishing the Electoral College, ending voter suppression, and eliminating gerrymandering.

Panelists include Andy Bossie, former director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Anna Kellar, current director of Maine Citizens and Brenda Knowles, author of TheQuiet Rise of Introverts.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Friday
Apr 17, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Voting in a Pandemic: the June 9 Primary Election in Maine

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about the upcoming primary election in Maine and how the continuing COVID-19 emergency might change our voting procedures. Live programming at WERU is a casualty of the ongoing civil defense against COVID-19, so this show will be pre-recorded the week of April 13. No listener calls will be taken, but comments may be emailed to news@weru.org with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

Special Guests: Alison Beyea, Executive Director, ACLU Maine; and Matt Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Wednesday
Apr 15, 2020
12:00 pm
COVID Recap Webinar: State of Our Democracy in Maine

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. 

Join us for our webinar to discuss a recent report published by Democracy Maine. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the normal functioning of Maine’s government, with the early conclusion of the second session of the 129th legislature, and the state facing the challenges of conducting elections while practicing social distancing. We hope that, as this crisis exposes weaknesses in our system, we can draw on our democracy’s many strengths to ensure every Mainer’s voice will be heard.

REGISTER HERE.

Saturday
Apr 11, 2020
12:00 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
CANCELLED: LWV-Downeast Monthly Meeting

ERA: What's the State of Play?

Our April 11 community event will feature author and historian, Anne Gass; and Maine State Representative Lois Reckitt (D, District 31)..

Wednesday
Apr 8, 2020
12:00 pm
Webinar: How Will COVID-19 Impact Our Elections?

We face uncertain times but one thing will never change: elections must go on. Even during a crisis. 

Join us for our webinar to discuss how COVID-19 could impact the upcoming elections. Topics include:

  • How do we protect our Democracy during a pandemic?
  • Could the June primary and/or November election be postponed?
  • Who has the power to make these changes?
  • How could voting by mail work in Maine?

REGISTER HERE.

Saturday
Apr 4, 2020
9:00 am
York County Community College
112 College Dr
Wells 04090
CANCELLED: New England States Leadership Development Conference

UPDATE: Because of coronavirus, we have decided to cancel this year's New England Leadership Development Conference. We are exploring the possibilities for offering some of the event online in webinar form. Please let us know if this is something which you would participate in, and be specific about which speaker(s) you would want to hear from. Learn more about how to receive your refund and cancel any hotel bookings


Register for the League's fourteenth annual New England Regional Leadership Development Conference!

Our theme this year is:

"Engaging the Future"

State League leaders from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT have developed a dynamic agenda for 2020 that is sure to address the most compelling issues of the year.

Plenary sessions will be at the York County Community College, 112 College Drive in Wells, ME, less than a mile from our hotel accommodations at the Hampton Inn, 900 Post Road, Wells, ME. 

Thursday
Mar 26, 2020
2:00 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
CANCELLED: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women won the right to vote. This presentation, co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library, celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the effort, 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 talk will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. We will meet in the Community Room. For more information, email Midcoast@lwvme.org.

Thursday
Mar 26, 2020
9:00 am
Portland, South Portland Or Westbrook (tbd)CANCELLED: Neighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation.
Sign up here 

Wednesday
Mar 25, 2020
3:30 pm
Southern Maine Community College
2 Fort Rd
South Portland 04106
CANCELLED: "Iron Jawed Angels" viewing

Fiery American suffragist Alice Paul lights a fire under women's leaders in Washington DC when President Wilson refuses to give all women the vote.  Help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Reception (and cake!) from 3:30-4:00 pm before the showing of the film in Jewett Auditorium on Slocum Drive, Southern Maine Community College. Come enjoy the film and have your picture taken with a Maine suffragist.

Saturday
Mar 21, 2020
2:00 pm
Southwest Harbor Public Library
338 Main St
Southwest Harbor 04679
CANCELLED: The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

To be rescheduled.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women won the right to vote. This presentation celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the effort, 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 talk will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email circulation@swhplibrary.org.

Friday
Mar 20, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
CANCELLED: Democracy Forum -- ERA: No Time Like the Present

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about where the Equal Rights Amendment stands now, the obstacles to its final ratification, and the validity of the time limit and the rescissions. We might also cover the path taken to ratification for some other expansive amendments, particularly including the Reconstruction Amendments. We will take listeners' questions by email, news@weru.org, during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Carol Jenkins, Co-President and CEO, ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality, and Patricia E. Ryan, founding executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Saturday
Mar 14, 2020
12:00 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Monthly Meeting - It's ON

Celebrate the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters.

There will be cake!

Our guest will be LWVME Executive Director, Anna Kellar. Join us to learn more about the League's brave history and bold future as we move into our second century.

Friday
Mar 13, 2020
6:00 pm
Maine Craft Distilling
123 Washington Ave
Portland 04101
LWVME Centennial Celebration & Beer Launch

Join us in celebrating the 100th birthday of the League of Women Voters of Maine, founded in 1920 upon the passage of the 19th amendment.

In honor of this historic occasion, YES Brewing will be releasing a Mango Sour beer and Banded Brewing will be releasing "'Nineteen" Farmhouse Ale.

Maine Craft Distilling will also release a Not So Old Fashioned cocktail.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of all these commemorative beverages will go to support the League of Women Voters of Maine in our ongoing efforts to make democracy work in Maine!

Wednesday
Mar 11, 2020
6:00 pm
Luther Bonney Lecture Hall At Usm
85 Bedford St
Portland 04101
Every Vote Counts: Why the National Popular Vote matters

The LWVME, ACLU of MaineMaine Women's Lobby, Common Cause, Maine Conservation Voters, and National Popular Vote present a 3 city tour on why the National Popular Vote matters. Join us for a discussion about how the NPV works and how it works for you. Sen. Ray Haynes, a former Republican legislator from California and expert on NPV, will speak on this issue. Confirm your spot here.

The National Popular Vote guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. It is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Excited about the National Popular Vote and ready to get more involved? Join us for a training session on how to be an effective advocate for NPV and learn about our plan to pass it in Maine. Sign up here for a session in Portland or in Bangor. 

Tuesday
Mar 10, 2020
6:00 pm
Mid-maine Chamber Of Commerce Board Room
50 Elm St
Waterville 04901
Every Vote Counts: Why the National Popular Vote matters

The LWVME, ACLU of MaineMaine Women's Lobby, Common Cause, Maine Conservation Voters, and National Popular Vote present a 3 city tour on why the National Popular Vote matters. Join us for a discussion about how the NPV works and how it works for you. Sen. Ray Haynes, a former Republican legislator from California and expert on NPV, will speak on this issue. Confirm your spot here.

The National Popular Vote guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. It is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Excited about the National Popular Vote and ready to get more involved? Join us for a training session on how to be an effective advocate for NPV and learn about our plan to pass it in Maine. Sign up here for a session in Portland or in Bangor

Tuesday
Mar 10, 2020
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The March book is How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblat.

Monday
Mar 9, 2020
6:00 pm
Bangor Public Library Lecture Hall
145 Harlow St
Bangor 04401
Every Vote Counts: Why the National Popular Vote matters

The LWVME, ACLU of MaineMaine Women's Lobby, Common Cause, Maine Conservation Voters, and National Popular Vote present a 3 city tour on why the National Popular Vote matters. Join us for a discussion about how the NPV works and how it works for you. Sen. Ray Haynes, a former Republican legislator from California and expert on NPV, will speak on this issue. Confirm your spot here.

The National Popular Vote guarantees the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes across all 50 states. The Compact ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. It is a state-based approach that preserves the Electoral College, state control of elections, and the power of the states to control how the President is elected.

Excited about the National Popular Vote and ready to get more involved? Join us for a training session on how to be an effective advocate for NPV and learn about our plan to pass it in Maine. Sign up here for a session in Portland or in Bangor

Saturday
Mar 7, 2020
2:00 pm
Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant St
Brunswick 04011
The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment when women won the right to vote. This presentation celebrates that historic victory and the women who led the effort, 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 talk will end with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. For more information, email brunswick@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Mar 3, 2020
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
LWV Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come join our monthly meeting at the Rockland Public Library, Board Room. Help plan exciting new projects for the months ahead. New members are welcome! For more information, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Thursday
Feb 27, 2020
9:00 am
Lewiston/ Auburn Or Bangor (tbd)Neighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation. Sign Up to Volunteer
 

Wednesday
Feb 26, 2020
6:00 pm
Coolidge Family Farm
1084 Lewiston Rd
New Gloucestr 04260
Maine Equal Rights Amendment: What it is & Why we need it!

Members of the public are invited! This event is sponsored by Equal Rights Maine, League of Women Voters Portland Area, and Rural Maine Rising.

Rep. Lois Reckitt will be leading a discussion of the Maine Equal Rights Amendment (LD 433). This legislative bill, referred to as the “Maine ERA,” would amend the Maine constitution to prohibit discrimination based on gender, which would benefit men as well as women.

Despite being introduced in the legislature every year since the 1980s, Maine has never added such language to our state constitution. This means that the only constitutionally protected right women have is the right to vote. Every other right they have has been won through statute or regulation, both of which are easier to undo than constitutional protections. Because LD 433 would amend the state constitution, ratification would require it to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the legislature and passed by a majority of the voters approving the referendum question.

For more information, contact Anne Gass at 657-4935 or agassmaine@gmail.com.

Attendees are asked to park across the street at the AmVets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road.

Sunday
Feb 23, 2020
2:00 pm
Mayo Regional Hospital Conference Center
897 W Main St
Dover Foxcroft 04426
Make Your Vote Count! A Maine Voter's Guide to the March Elections

The League of Women Voters presents all the information you need to vote in 2020, from registration to voting methods and March ballot issues.

Friday
Feb 21, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Super Tuesday Comes to Maine March 3

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about Maine's first presidential primary in two decades. How is the presidential primary going to work, how will delegates to national conventions be apportioned and selected, what role will municipal caucuses continue to play, what will be the differences among the parties. We will take listeners' questions by email, news@weru.org, during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Lisa Roberts, Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party; and Kenneth Palmer, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Maine; and Richard Rosen, former Republican State Legislator and former Commissioner of the Maine State Department of Administrative and Financial Services

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Thursday
Feb 20, 2020
3:00 pm
Neighbor to Neighbor Bangor Canvass

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation. The project offers residents the opportunity to learn about the electoral process, registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, and changing one’s party affiliation before an election. This is a volunteer-based project: a neighbor talking to a neighbor. It is nonpartisan and intended to educate rather than to persuade. We partner with local property owners/managers, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations to foster a collaborative process.

Thursday
Feb 13, 2020
6:30 pm
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave
Portland 04103
League and Portland Public Library Book Club, Riverton Branch

League members are invited to join participants of the Portland Public Library’s Riverton Book Group in a discussion of Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2018).  

Are leaders born or made?  In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others.”  Each overcame personal and professional challenges to “confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.  At their best, all were guided by a sense of moral purpose. Elizabeth Miller, League member, will lead the February discussion.

In case of inclement weather forcing the Library to close early, the discussion will be rescheduled for Thursday February 20.  For Library questions:  797-2915.

Thursday
Feb 13, 2020
9:30 am
Maine State House
210 State St
Augusta 04330
Making Democracy Work for the Next 100 years

Come celebrate our 100th birthday with a day of learning, action, and celebration at the State House.

You won't want to miss the keynote speaker, Jana Morgan of the Declaration for American Democracy, and a program emphasizing Maine's role in the national movement for a stronger democracy.

There will also be opportunities to engage your legislators, and in the afternoon, we will have tea at the governor's mansion, and a panel discussion on ways to improve voter turnout in 2020.

Learn more here, and RSVP!

Tuesday
Feb 11, 2020
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The February book is An Indigenous People's History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortix.

Saturday
Feb 8, 2020
12:00 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Monthly Meeting

How are presidential primaries and caucuses going to work in Hancock County?

Our February 8 community event will feature guests Hancock County Democratic Party Chair Al Judd, and former Republican State Senator Richard Rosen.

Thursday
Feb 6, 2020
9:00 am
Portland, South Portland Or Westbrook (tbd)Neighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation. Sign Up to Volunteer
 

Tuesday
Feb 4, 2020
5:30 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
LWV Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come join our monthly meeting at the Rockland Public Library, Board Room. Help plan exciting new projects for the months ahead. New members are welcome! For more information, email midcoast@lwvme.org.

Monday
Feb 3, 2020
9:30 pm
Brunswick Area League Meeting

LWV of the Brunswick Area will be meeting Monday, Feb 3rd (9:30 - 11:00). We will be making plans for voter registration efforts and forums with the national and state elections coming up. Contact brunswick@lwvme.org for more information.

Saturday
Jan 25, 2020
11:00 am
99 Pond Rd
Manchester 04351
Meet-and-Greet Tea - LWV-Capital Area

Join us to learn more about the League of Women Voters of the Capital Area and help us plan important projects for 2020.


RSVP (by January 22): capitalarea@lwvme.org

Thursday
Jan 23, 2020
9:00 am
LewistonNeighbor to Neighbor Voting

Neighbor to Neighbor Voting is a project of the League of Women Voters of Maine designed to increase voter engagement and participation in our political process through canvassing neighborhoods with low voter participation.Sign Up to Volunteer
 

Saturday
Jan 18, 2020
4:00 pm
South PortlandWomen In Harmony Concert and Dinner with the League

The League of Women Voters of the Portland Area celebrates Maine Women’s Suffrage Centennial with Women In Harmony’s THE RIGHT TO VOTE concert in South Portland. Please reserve Saturday, January 18, 2020, for a 4pm concert and a post-concert dinner at nearby Thai Taste, 435 Cottage Rd, South Portland. Email portland@lwvme.org for more information. Register now to be included in the dinner reservation (separate checks). Order your own concert tickets online at wihmaine.org.    

Friday
Jan 17, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Census 2020: Everyone Counts

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about the upcoming decennial census, how it's going to work, problems on the horizon, and the consquences for Maine and the nation. We'll take listener questions during the second half of the show.

Special Guests: Margo J. Anderson, Distinguished Professor Emerita from UW-Milwaukee, and author of The American Census: A Social History; and Matthew Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State and chair of the State's Complete Count Committee.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Tuesday
Jan 14, 2020
5:30 pm
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St
Bangor 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The January book is The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple.

Saturday
Jan 11, 2020
12:00 pm
Moore Community Center
125 State St
Ellsworth 04605
LWV-Downeast Monthly Meeting

Who Counts? The Promise and Peril of the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is a high-stakes endeavor with very significant political and economic consequences for Maine. We’ll talk about next year’s Census and why it’s so important, how the data is used, and how it will roll out in 2020. We’ll also talk about some special threats to an accurate count this year and what we can do – what the League is doing – to help ensure a complete count. Featuring Penelope Hamblin, who heads the Census Complete Count Committee of the League of Women Voters of Maine. For more information: downeast@lwvme.org.

Lunch will be offered, $10 contribution suggested.

Tuesday
Jan 7, 2020
5:00 pm
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St
Rockland 04841
LWV-Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come join our monthly meeting at the Rockland Public Library, Board Room. Help plan exciting new projects for the months ahead. Arrive early for voter registration training to get ready for 2020.