Past Events

2021 2020 2019

Date & TimePlaceDescription
Friday
Dec 18, 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. For this month, we'll rebroadcast a show from June, 2020, where we 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.

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

Tuesday
Dec 15, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Voter Engagement Planning Session

A planning session to talk about what the statewide Voter Engagement and Education Team should look like moving forward. Join us and bring your ideas with you!

Tuesday
Dec 15, 2020
11:00 am
Hosted On Zoom
Voter Engagement Planning Session

A planning session to talk about what the statewide Voter Engagement and Education Team should look like moving forward. Join us and bring your ideas with you!

Wednesday
Dec 9, 2020
4:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Portland Area: Holiday Meeting

Each year the LWVPA calls together its members to kick off some holiday cheer with drink, pizza and sweets. We reflect on the past year and look forward to the next one. While this year is DIFFERENT, we are still going to gather and virtually:

  • Say hello to friends and members
  • Learn about a push for a Money-Out-Of-Politics future
  • Hear about League work and meetings in the first half of 2021

Our guests will be Amy Cartmell and Jane Gallagher, co-leaders of the Maine Chapter of the nonpartisan American Promise organization. They will tell us about the Stand With Maine project to build support for a Constitutional Amendment that will free Congress to legislate financial limits on our political systems. The LWVME has always been at the forefront of the push for Clean Elections in Maine. Our work continues to limit the amount of money in politics. Together, let’s learn about this national and statewide effort.

Click here for details to join the call

Wednesday
Dec 9, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Money in Politics and Tax Policy
Tuesday
Dec 1, 2020
5:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Midcoast: Monthly Meeting

Midcoast's regular monthly meeting will be on Tuesday December 1st, 5:30 - 7:00 PM on Zoom New members are welcome!

Thursday
Nov 26, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Decolonizing Thanksgiving

For this Thanksgiving, we offer a radio rebroadcast of Maulian Dana's talk last year at a League of Women Voters - Downeast community conversation held at the Moore Conference Center in Ellsworth. Maulian is the Tribal Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation.

Her talk helps us look at the Thanksgiving holiday through Native American eyes. History has always been written by the winners -- those who feel that they have won the right to portray that history in a light that waters down the consequences of their 'winning'. However, by unpacking the truth we can all reach a place of better understanding and humanity.

Streaming at WERU.org.

Friday
Nov 20, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Election Reflections 2020

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about the November 3 general election, what just happened here in Maine and around the country, what went right, what went wrong, and what it says about the future of our democracy.  Special Guests: Shelly Crosby, Orono Town Clerk and the President of the Maine Town and City Clerks Association: 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, and former independent Maine State Senator; and Meg McCormickMaine Director & New England Coordinator, Campus Election Engagement Project. Learn more here.

This show will be pre-recorded November 19. 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
Nov 19, 2020
5:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Portland Area: A New Climate Action Plan for Maine

John the League of Women Voters of the Portland Area for an important update from the Maine Climate Council. Dr. Cassaundra Rose will talk about the goals that the Council seeks to achieve with Maine’s first four-year Climate Action Plan, due to be delivered to Governor Mills, the Legislature, and the public on December 1. Come with questions for Dr. Rose!

Dr. Rose is a Senior Science Analyst and Climate Council Coordinator with the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. 

Thursday
Nov 19, 2020
3:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Reaching 270 by 2024 - The Path to a National Popular Vote

National Popular Vote, the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, FairVote, and Equal Citizens invite you to a virtual conference to discuss:

  • A bi-partisan coalition for one-person-one-vote and a 50-state presidential campaign
  • Lessons learned from Colorado 2020 Ballot Measure
  • Path to 270 by 2024
  • Organizing to win

The National Popular Vote compact will guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Wednesday
Nov 18, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Weekly Wednesday Webinar

We'll discuss post-election updates, and what's next for the League. Featuring special guest Alma Couverthie from the National League of Women Voters! 

Alma Couverthie is the National Organizing Director for the League of Women Voters.  In this role, Alma is responsible for building and developing the grassroots power needed to defend, expand, and protect voting rights for all to achieve true democracy reform.

Tuesday
Nov 17, 2020
5:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Secretary of State Forum

Maine's constitutional officers, including the Secretary of State, will be elected by the new State Legislature in early December.

Maine Conservation Voters, RepresentUS, ACLU of Maine, League of Women Voters of Maine, and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will interview the current candidates for Secretary of State in Maine – topics will range from how they intend to modernize the election process, eliminate potential voting barriers in Maine, and address their top priorities as Maine's Secretary of State.

Tuesday
Nov 17, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
The Future of American Elections: Maine leads with the first RCV Presidential General Election

FairVote senior policy coordinator Pedro Hernandez will interview executive director of the LWVME Anna Kellar, assistant professor at Colby College Carrie LeVan, and Utah State Rep. Marc Roberts.

Monday
Nov 9, 2020
10:00 am
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Portland: The Monthly Brief

Jump on Zoom once a month for your Portland Area League update. This 30-minute online session gives you a chance to meet other members, share ideas, and keep up with all things League. 

The Monthly Brief happens on the second Monday of each month. Sessions are held at 10:00 and repeated at 5:00: choose a time that fits your schedule. No registration is required. 

10:00 AM brief: JOIN HERE

5:00 PM brief: JOIN HERE 

Friday
Nov 6, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Lunch & Learn: Post-Election Roundtable

Each Friday, Maine Conservation Voters hosts a one hour webinar focused on important and interesting topics. Staff from the League of Women Voters of Maine are joining the next Lunch & Learn in a post-election roundtable. We will discuss the outcome of the 2020 General Election (if available) — what we saw, what we learned, and what changes we see on the horizon. 

[REGISTER HERE

Thursday
Nov 5, 2020
6:00 pm
Brunswick Town Office
85 Union St
Brunswick 04011
LWV-Brunswick: Post-Election Forum

The Brunswick Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Maine will host a post-election forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 5th.

The panel will include:

  • Steve Mistler, Maine Public Chief Political Correspondent and State House Bureau Chief
  • Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin College's Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government and Legal Studies
  • Joyce McCreight, Democratic State Representative
  • Roger Katz, Former Republican State Senator
  • Former State Senator Marge Kilkelly, Moderator

We invite the public to submit questions for the panel at brunswick@lwvme.org.

Introducing the moderator and panelists will be Dusty Post, Chair of the Brunswick Area League of Women Voters

The forum will be held at the Brunswick Town Office, 85 Union Street, with limited seating. It will also be broadcast live on BrunswickTV3 where it can be viewed online at by clicking here. 

Wednesday
Nov 4, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Post-Election Update Webinar

We have Election Observers that will monitor polling sites in all of Maine's 16 counties on Tuesday. We will debrief what our volunteers witnessed, including anything that was cause for concern. We will also share those feel-good stories that make Election Day so exciting!

REGISTER HERE

Monday
Nov 2, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Sunday
Nov 1, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Sunday
Nov 1, 2020
4:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Sunday
Nov 1, 2020
12:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Sunday
Nov 1, 2020
11:00 am
Youth OutVote Training

Youth Council members can contact friends and family members to ensure that they have a voting plan. Through an app called OutVote we've set up scripted text messages, so you can easily check in with folks about their registration status and voting plans. It has been discussed time and time again that text banking is extremely effective, especially for youth, especially for the 2020 election.

In this 30-minute training session, you can become fluent on this app, and begin to text your contacts about getting out the vote!

Sunday
Nov 1, 2020
10:00 am
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Saturday
Oct 31, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Saturday
Oct 31, 2020
5:00 pm
Election Protection Information Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Saturday
Oct 31, 2020
11:00 am
Youth OutVote Training

Youth Council members can contact friends and family members to ensure that they have a voting plan. Through an app called OutVote we've set up scripted text messages, so you can easily check in with folks about their registration status and voting plans. It has been discussed time and time again that text banking is extremely effective, especially for youth, especially for the 2020 election.

In this 30-minute training session, you can become fluent on this app, and begin to text your contacts about getting out the vote!

Saturday
Oct 31, 2020
10:00 am
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Friday
Oct 30, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Friday
Oct 30, 2020
5:00 pm
Drop Box Observation Training

Secure absentee ballot dropboxes are a great addition to Maine’s elections infrastructure. Many towns now have dropboxes, but types and security protocols vary. There is no central database of dropbox locations. The League is collecting information about dropboxes for voter information, as well as to assess which towns may need additional security measures. Learn how to help with this effort.

Thursday
Oct 29, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

Please join Ann Luther, current Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and chair of the LWVME Advocacy Committee, as she adds to Bangor Public Library’s celebration of the Centennial of the Women’s Right to Vote. A slide show of images highlighting the way to the 19th Amendment will be part of this event.

Please register to attend via Zoom by filling out our registration form. This event will also be available through Facebook Live.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, when women won the right to vote. Commemorating the 19th amendment and reflecting on lessons learned and what remains undone, this presentation will celebrate that historic victory and the women who led the movement, 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 evening will conclude with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done with time for a question and answer period.

Thursday
Oct 29, 2020
10:00 am
Various Locations
Neighbor-to-Neighbor

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.

To RSVP or learn about where we are canvassing, please email Lado at lado@lwvme.org.

Wednesday
Oct 28, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Protection Information Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Wednesday
Oct 28, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Wednesday
Oct 28, 2020
5:00 pm
Drop Box Observation Training

Secure absentee ballot dropboxes are a great addition to Maine’s elections infrastructure. Many towns now have dropboxes, but types and security protocols vary. There is no central database of dropbox locations. The League is collecting information about dropboxes for voter information, as well as to assess which towns may need additional security measures. Learn how to help with this effort.

Wednesday
Oct 28, 2020
4:00 pm
Youth OutVote Training

Youth Council members can contact friends and family members to ensure that they have a voting plan. Through an app called OutVote we've set up scripted text messages, so you can easily check in with folks about their registration status and voting plans. It has been discussed time and time again that text banking is extremely effective, especially for youth, especially for the 2020 election.

In this 30-minute training session, you can become fluent on this app, and begin to text your contacts about getting out the vote!

Wednesday
Oct 28, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Updates: This is It

Join us as we discuss late-breaking election updates. We will be joined by Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap. How’s it going in his office and with election officials around the state? What can we citizens do to help ensure a smooth process? What we need to know so we can tell our friends?

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Oct 28, 2020
10:00 am
Various Locations
Neighbor-to-Neighbor

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.

To RSVP or learn about where we are canvassing, please email Lado at lado@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Oct 27, 2020
12:00 pm
Youth OutVote Training

Youth Council members can contact friends and family members to ensure that they have a voting plan. Through an app called OutVote we've set up scripted text messages, so you can easily check in with folks about their registration status and voting plans. It has been discussed time and time again that text banking is extremely effective, especially for youth, especially for the 2020 election.

In this 30-minute training session, you can become fluent on this app, and begin to text your contacts about getting out the vote!

Monday
Oct 26, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Protection Information Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Monday
Oct 26, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts.

Monday
Oct 26, 2020
5:00 pm
Drop Box Observation Training

Secure absentee ballot dropboxes are a great addition to Maine’s elections infrastructure. Many towns now have dropboxes, but types and security protocols vary. There is no central database of dropbox locations. The League is collecting information about dropboxes for voter information, as well as to assess which towns may need additional security measures. Learn how to help with this effort. 

REGISTER HERE

Sunday
Oct 25, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts. Sign up for a training session here

REGISTER HERE

Saturday
Oct 24, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Observation Training

On November 3, trained League volunteers will monitor voting at polling places around the state, watching for issues such as long lines, equipment problems, and inadequate COVID precautions. We will work with attorneys and election officials to resolve problems, as well as producing a report on the overall integrity of the election. We are currently recruiting volunteers for full or part-day shifts. Sign up for a training session here

REGISTER HERE

Saturday
Oct 24, 2020
4:00 pm
Youth OutVote Training

Youth Council members can contact friends and family members to ensure that they have a voting plan. Through an app called OutVote we've set up scripted text messages, so you can easily check in with folks about their registration status and voting plans. It has been discussed time and time again that text banking is extremely effective, especially for youth, especially for the 2020 election.

In this 30-minute training session, you can become fluent on this app, and begin to text your contacts about getting out the vote!

Thursday
Oct 22, 2020
10:00 am
Various Locations
Neighbor-to-Neighbor

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.

To RSVP or learn about where we are canvassing, please email Lado at lado@lwvme.org.

Wednesday
Oct 21, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Webinar: Protecting Your Right to Vote

Join us as we discuss late-breaking election updates, new guidance from the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, emerging COVID issues, and what you need to know so you can tell your friends. 

Featuring guest Attorney General Aaron Frey. We'll be having a moderated discussion and Q&A where Frey will discuss the work his office is doing to protect against voter intimidation, regulate poll watchers, and working with other attorneys general to make sure your vote is counted.

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Oct 21, 2020
10:00 am
Various Locations
Neighbor-to-Neighbor

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.

To RSVP or learn about where we are canvassing, please email Lado at lado@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Oct 20, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Maine Currents Political Roundtable

This Elections 2020 edition of Maine Currents on WERU will feature Ann Luther, board member for the League of Women Voters of Maine and host of the Democracy Forum on WERU; and Will Hayward, Advocacy Program Coordinator for the League of Women Voters, talking about the upcoming election: ranked choice voting, frequently asked questions, and emerging issues. They will be joined by host Amy Browne and regular guests, Professor Amy Fried, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Maine; and former State Representative Ralph Chapman

This show will be pre-recorded October 19. No listener calls will be taken, but questions may be emailed no later than Sunday evening, October 18, to news@weru.org with Maine Currents in the subject line.

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, streaming at weru.org

Sunday
Oct 18, 2020
2:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Brunswick: "Voting Down the Rose" Lecture

Who was Florence Brooks Whitehouse? Well, she was from Maine. Considered a radical. And she was a key player in the women suffrage movement.

Join us in celebration of the 100th year of women winning the vote and the legacy of Florence Brooks Whitehouse! We're offering two events in October that will feature Anne B. Gass and her book, Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage. Both events are in collaboration with Curtis Memorial Library

We encourage you to purchase or check out the book from your local library ahead of both events. You can use MaineCat, the state library catalogue, to find a copy. Click here to get started!

Voting Down the Rose is a lively account of Maine native Florence Brooks Whitehouse’s efforts to win women voting rights in the decisive final years of the campaign, 1914-1920. Considered radical for picketing the White House, Florence helped win women suffrage against a backdrop of conservative views of women’s roles, political intrigues, WWI, and the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Anne is the great-granddaughter Florence Brooks Whitehouse. You can purchase the book or borrow it from your local library in advance of the discussion. 

This lecture is presented on Zoom. Registration is not required. Click HERE to join

Friday
Oct 16, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Who’s Showing Up to Vote in November?

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about research into voter motivation; how new information can affect the way people form political opinions, make political choices and, ultimately, take political actions; and how research into voter motivation might be relevant in the 2020 General Election. Special Guests: Shelly Crosby, Orono Town Clerk and the President of the Maine Town and City Clerks Association; Yanna KrupnikovAssociate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University; and Meg McCormickMaine Director & New England Coordinator, Campus Election Engagement Project.  Learn more here.

This show will be pre-recorded October 14. 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
Oct 15, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Candidate Forum for House District 85 and Senate District 15

Join us for an online Candidate Forum! [REGISTER HERE]

Candidates for House District 85 and Senate District 15 will meet the public in an online Zoom Q&A forum. 

Here is the schedue:

6:00 – 6:30 PM: House District 85: Donna Dore (D) and William Clardy. (R) (Augusta)
 

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Senate District 15: Kalie Hess (D) and Matthew Pouliot (R) (Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney, and Vassalboro)

Residents are urged to attend the webinar and learn how the candidates will deal with the important issues facing Kennebec County and the State of Maine. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit their own questions via Zoom Q&A to be presented by the moderator. Questions can be submitted anonymously. 

The forum will be moderated by Chuck Cohen, retired Hearing Examiner for the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

The forum will also live stream on Facebook at facebook.com/LWVME.


Co-sponsoring this event are the League of Women Voters Capital Area, Temple Beth El, Maine Equal Justice, Bridging the Gap, VanderBrew, Alternative Manufacturing (AMI), Charles M. Bailey Public Library, Lithgow Library, Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta. We are pleased that these entities support non-partisan events to help the public become acquainted with the candidates. 

Thursday
Oct 15, 2020
10:00 am
Various Locations
Neighbor-to-Neighbor

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.

To RSVP or learn about where we are canvassing, please email Lado at lado@lwvme.org.

Wednesday
Oct 14, 2020
6:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Oct 14, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Candidate Forum for House Districts 81, 83, and 86, and Senate District 14

Join us for an online Candidate Forum! [REGISTER HERE] Candidates for House Districts 81, 83, and 86, and Senate District 14 will meet the public in an online Zoom Q&A forum.

Here is the schedule:

6:00 – 6:30 pm: House District 81: Tavis Hasenfus (D) and Joseph Pietroski. (R) (Monmouth, Readfield, Winthrop)

6:30 – 7:00 pm: House District 83: Thomas Harnett (D) and Christopher Dilts (R) (Farmingdale, Gardiner)

7:00 – 7:30 pm: Senate District 14: Shenna Bellows (D) and Mark Walker (R) (Chelsea, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Manchester, Monmouth, Pittston, Randolph, Readfield, West Gardiner, and Winthrop)

7:30 – 8:00 pm: House District 86: Adam Turner (D) and Justin Fecteau (R) (Augusta) 

Residents are urged to attend the webinar and learn how the candidates will deal with the important issues facing Kennebec County and the State of Maine. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit their own questions via Zoom Q&A to be presented by the moderator. Questions can be submitted anonymously.
The forum will be moderated by Chuck Cohen, retired Hearing Examiner for the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The forum will also live stream on Facebook at facebook.com/LWVME.

The forum will be moderated by Roger Katz, former State Senator and former Mayor of Augusta.

Co-sponsoring this event are the League of Women Voters Capital Area, Temple Beth El, Maine Equal Justice, Bridging the Gap, VanderBrew, Alternative Manufacturing (AMI), Charles M. Bailey Public Library, Lithgow Library, Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta. We are pleased that these entities support non-partisan events to help the public become acquainted with the candidates. 

Wednesday
Oct 14, 2020
1:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Brunswick: "Voting Down the Rose" Book Discussion

Who was Florence Brooks Whitehouse? Well, she was from Maine. Considered a radical. And she was a key player in the women suffrage movement.

Join us in celebration of the 100th year of women winning the vote and the legacy of Florence Brooks Whitehouse! We're offering two events in October that will feature Anne B. Gass and her book, Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage. Both events are in collaboration with Curtis Memorial Library

We encourage you to purchase or check out the book from your local library ahead of both events. You can use MaineCat, the state library catalogue, to find a copy. Click here to get started!

Voting Down the Rose is a lively account of Maine native Florence Brooks Whitehouse’s efforts to win women voting rights in the decisive final years of the campaign, 1914-1920. Considered radical for picketing the White House, Florence helped win women suffrage against a backdrop of conservative views of women’s roles, political intrigues, WWI, and the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Anne is the great-granddaughter Florence Brooks Whitehouse. You can purchase the book or borrow it from your local library in advance of the discussion. 

REGISTER HERE. Limited spots will be available. 

Wednesday
Oct 14, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Webinar: Election Updates

We’re into the final weeks of the election.

Join us as we discuss election updates, new guidance from the Secretary of State and the Attorney General, emerging issues, and what you need to know so you can tell your friends.

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Oct 14, 2020
10:00 am
Various Locations
Neighbor-to-Neighbor

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.

To RSVP or learn about where we are canvassing, please email Lado at lado@lwvme.org.

Tuesday
Oct 13, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Senate District 7 Candidate Forum (Hancock County)

Featuring candidates Brian Langley (R) and Louie Luchini (D). There will be an opportunity for audience members to submit their own questions using the Zoom Q&A function to be presented by the moderator.  In order to participate in the Q&A portion of the event, people are encouraged to register for the webinar. People may also submit questions in advance to downeast@lwvme.org. Please put District 136 in the subject line.

The forum will live stream on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LWVME.

The forum will be moderated by Jill Goldthwait, former Maine State Senator. This event is sponsored by the Ellsworth American, the Mount Desert Islander, the Weekly Packet, and the League of Women Voters Downeast. 

Monday
Oct 12, 2020
7:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Candidate Forum for House District 29 (Scarborough)

Candidates for House District 29 (Scarborough) will meet in an online forum. The candidates include: Shawn Babine (D), Annalee Rosenblatt (R), and Sophie Warren (I). Kevin Freman will host. 

Residents are urged to attend the webinar and learn how the candidates will deal with the important issues facing Scarborough and the State of Maine. There will be an opportunity for the audience to submit their own questions using the Zoom Q&A function to be presented by the moderator. Questions can also be submitted in advance by e-mail to scccquestions@gmail.com.

This forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine and Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce. 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse any political party or candidate for elective office.

The Scarborough Community Chamber advocates for, promotes and develops local business and our community. We lead by education, networking, marketing and generating opportunities for active business members to succeed.  We are a membership organization, non-profit and part of the larger Portland Regional Chamber which includes 5 community chambers and 8 communities in Greater Portland.  The Chamber does not endorse any candidates for this election.

You can tune in here on Youtube or register in advance to watch on Zoom. 

To watch on Zoom, REGISTER HERE

Monday
Oct 12, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
House District 135 Candidate Forum (Bar Harbor, Lamoine, and Mount Desert)

Featuring candidates Benjamin Meiklejohn (GI), Timothy Oh (R), and Lynne Williams (D). There will be an opportunity for audience members to submit their own questions using the Zoom Q&A function to be presented by the moderator.  In order to participate in the Q&A portion of the event, people are encouraged to register for the webinar. People may also submit questions in advance to downeast@lwvme.org. Please put District 135 in the subject line.

The forum will live stream on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LWVME.

The forum will be moderated by Faith DeAmrose, Managing Editor of the Mount Desert Islander. This event is sponsored by the Mount Desert Islander and the League of Women Voters Downeast. 

Monday
Oct 12, 2020
5:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Virtual Legislative Candidate Series (Capital Area)

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, University of Maine at Farmington, and the League of Women Voters of the Capital Area are co-sponsoring a legislative candidate series.

Join the online panel discussion with our legislative candidates. Click here to see the full list of candidates

Email questions prior to the meeting to samantha.k.wood@maine.edu.

Registration is not required. Click here to join. 

Sunday
Oct 11, 2020
2:00 pm
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Saturday
Oct 10, 2020
5:00 pm
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Friday
Oct 9, 2020
2:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Thursday
Oct 8, 2020
5:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Midcoast: Monthly Meeting

Midcoast's regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday October 8th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM on Zoom Click here for the agenda.  Please note we have not always been able to schedule on the same day of the week due to Zoom availability. 
New members are welcome!

REGISTER HERE

Thursday
Oct 8, 2020
4:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Breaking Down What's on the Ballot + Ranked Choice Voting

To celebrate National Voter Education Week, Maine Students Vote and the League of Women Voters of Maine are hosting a week of voter educational programming. Each session aims to address concerns students have expressed about voting. These webinars are free and all are welcome to attend.

In today's session, we will not only break down what’s on the ballot for federal, state, and local races, but we will also unpack the roles of these positions and how they impact your everyday life. In addition, we will also go over Ranked Choice Voting and how you may utilize it in this upcoming election.

Presenters:
Anna Kellar, Executive Director of League of Women Voters of Maine
Jeffrey Selinger, Associate Professor of Government, Bowdoin College

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Oct 7, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
A Better Way to Elect the President: The Case for a National Popular Vote

Do you agree that in a presidential campaign:

+ The presidential candidate with the most votes in all 50 states should win?
+ Presidential candidates should have to seek support in all 50 states?
+ Every vote in every state in every election should be equal?
+ That getting more Americans to participate and vote would be a good thing for our country and democracy?

Join us to learn about how the National Popular Vote Compact can help achieve all of this without constitutional changes, and within the Electoral College structure. A National Popular Vote (NPV) bill will be introduced in the Maine Legislature in the next session. This webinar will focus on understanding how NPV works, and provide clarity about some common misunderstandings about the Electoral College and the National Popular Vote.

Presented by the Portland Area League of Women Voters.

[REGISTER HERE]

Wednesday
Oct 7, 2020
6:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Oct 7, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Wednesday
Oct 7, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Local Elections and Why They Matter

Local governments matter. They make decisions that affect your life directly, from local schools to public safety, from affordable housing to public transit. They're responsible for serving you and your community. Voting in your local races is just as crucial as voting for candidates in state and federal races.

This webinar will offer you the chance to ask questions about what's on your ballot, down-ticket races, who's running, and how Maine runs local elections.

Former Representative Peggy Rotundo, school board member for South Thomaston Lane Curren, and Kennebec County administrator Bob Devlin will join us. Our own Anna Kellar will be the moderator. Will Hayward will provide his weekly election update at the beginning.

[REGISTER HERE]

Tuesday
Oct 6, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
House District 136 Candidate Forum

Featuring candidates Antonio Blasi (D) and William Faulkingham (R). (Including towns Gouldsboro, Hancock, Mariaville, Osborn, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan, Waltham and Winter Harbor, plus the unorganized territories of East Hancock and Fletchers Landing Township) There will be an opportunity for audience members to submit their own questions using the Zoom Q&A function to be presented by the moderator.  In order to participate in the Q&A portion of the event, people are encouraged to register for the webinar. People may also submit questions in advance to downeast@lwvme.org. Please put District 136 in the subject line.

The forum will live stream on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LWVME.

The forum will be moderated by Cyndi Wood, Managing Editor of the Ellsworth American. This event is sponsored by the Ellsworth American and the League of Women Voters Downeast. 

Tuesday
Oct 6, 2020
5:30 pm
Presented Via Zoom, Facebook Live, and Youtube Live
School Committee and Council Candidate Forum

This forum is sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Greater Bangor Area and the Bangor Public Library. The Forum for School Committee Candidates will be from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  The Forum for Council Candidates will be from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The forum will be moderated by Barbara McDade of the League of Women Voters. The moderator and the candidates will be linked via Zoom, and that Zoom session will be live broadcast to a general audience via YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Online audience members will be able to send questions via email or by typing in the “chat” functions in YouTube or Facebook.

Tuesday
Oct 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.

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.

Monday
Oct 5, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
State Senate District 12 & State Legislative District 93 Candidate forum

The League of Women Voters – Midcoast, with cosponsors Rockland Public Library and Midcoast Women, will present a Candidate Forum. State House District 93 (Rockland, Owls Head) candidates Valli Geiger and Mike Mullins, and State Senate District 12 (Knox Co.) candidates Dave Miramant and Gordon Page will meet the public in an online Q&A forum.

The forum will take place on Zoom, with Senate candidates from 6:00 - 6:50 p.m. and House candidates from 7:00 - 7:50. Sue Robins of the League of Women Voters of the Portland Area will moderate.

REGISTER HERE

Monday
Oct 5, 2020
6:00 pm
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Sunday
Oct 4, 2020
2:00 pm
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Saturday
Oct 3, 2020
5:00 pm
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up to learn more about ways you can protect access to the ballot in your community.

Friday
Oct 2, 2020
2:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Thursday
Oct 1, 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.

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.

Wednesday
Sep 30, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Wednesday
Sep 30, 2020
6:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Sep 30, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Money in Politics and the Environment

How does big money in politics affect environmental policy? In this webinar discussion, advocates from several climate & environmental groups will join MCCE for a conversation around how money in politics affects their work on environmental and climate issues in Maine.

Joining us will be Beth Ahearn of Maine Conservation Voters, Sarah Woodbury of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, and veteran lobbyist and former State Representative Bob Howe, whose clients include the Sierra Club, Maine Chapter. We'll discuss the experiences of each of our guests in environmental advocacy and whether the influence of money in politics affects the policymaking process.

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
Sep 29, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
House District 132 Candidate Forum

Featuring candidates Nicole Grohoski (D) and Michelle Kaplan (R). There will be an opportunity for audience members to submit their own questions using the Zoom Q&A function to be presented by the moderator.  In order to participate in the Q&A portion of the event, people are encouraged to register for the webinar. People may also submit questions in advance to downeast@lwvme.org. Please put District 132 in the subject line.

The forum will live stream on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LWVME.

The forum will be moderated by Cyndi Wood, Managing Editor of the Ellsworth American. This event is sponsored by the Ellsworth American and the League of Women Voters Downeast. 

Monday
Sep 28, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Saturday
Sep 26, 2020
5:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Thursday
Sep 24, 2020
6:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
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. Commemorating the 19th amendment and reflecting on lessons learned and what remains undone, this presentation will celebrate that historic victory and the women who led the movement, 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 evening will conclude with a brief overview of the work that remains to be done. 

Presented by the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth. Learn more and register here.

Thursday
Sep 24, 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.

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.

Wednesday
Sep 23, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Wednesday
Sep 23, 2020
6:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Sep 23, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Webinar: Absentee Voting Q&A

Election officials and Town Clerks are running an election like never before. Many people are choosing to vote early by requesting an absentee ballot. But how does Absentee Voting even work? What are the steps to completing and returning the ballots? What's the deadline for voting? And finally: how will my Town Clerk process all those ballots!? 

We'll walk you through the easy steps to voting absentee. We'll also open up the floor for questions –– with local experts on hand ready to answer them.

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
Sep 22, 2020
10:00 am
Ywca
36 Mount Desert St
Bar Harbor 04609
Voter Registration

Join the YWCA Mount Desert Island and League of Women Voters Maine on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the YWCA MDI between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to register to vote.

Wear your mask!   Social distancing will be maintained!  

Be one of the first eight people to register and receive a FREE 19th Amendment mug!

 

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Monday
Sep 21, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Saturday
Sep 19, 2020
5:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Friday
Sep 18, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Who Votes, Who Can't, and Who Won't

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about voter participation in marginalized communities: structural/ systemic/ institutional barriers to voting, and motivational barriers to voting.  Special Guests: Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Ambassador; Michael Kebede, Policy Counsel, ACLU of Maine; and Chryl Laird, Assistant Professor of Government, Bowdoin College.  Learn more here.

This show will be pre-recorded September 16. 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

Friday
Sep 18, 2020
2:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Sep 16, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Wednesday
Sep 16, 2020
6:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Sep 16, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Webinar: Election Protection

The League's messaging around voting remains one of hope: "Voting is people power." But we still need people power to run these elections. How is the election shaping up in Maine? This info session will cover our Election Protection work around abutting counties and poll working. There are a number of ways to get involved, from "adopting" a Town Clerk to signing up to be a poll worker yourself. We will break down what we are watching and monitoring this election season, taking time for questions at the end.

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
Sep 15, 2020
8:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Citizen Leaders Book Club with Elaine Weiss

In this edition of our quarterly Citizen Leaders Book Club, we'll be celebrating both Constitution Day and the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with author Elaine Weiss! In her latest book, “The Woman’s Hour," Weiss examines the decades-long suffragist movement that led to the 19th Amendment and women gaining the right to vote. (Importantly, suffrage for women of color is owing to the work and leadership of suffragists of color that continued well after the 19th Amendment.) In our conversation, we'll discuss the suffragist movement's successes and shortcomings and the inspiration and lessons we, as Americans, can use to form a more perfect union today.

REGISTER HERE

Monday
Sep 14, 2020
6:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Saturday
Sep 12, 2020
5:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Election Protection Info Session

Sign up for an election protection information session to learn about ways to ensure that folks have access to the ballot this November. You will learn all the different programs we will be running this election cycle and how to get involved. Sign up here for a 1-hour training session.

SIGN UP HERE

Friday
Sep 11, 2020
2:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Thursday
Sep 10, 2020
4:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Portland Area Annual Meeting

Join us for the Portland Area annual meeting!

This meeting was originally postponed from this past May because of COVID-19. We will be conducting it by Zoom. 

Please use this link to register.

Wednesday
Sep 9, 2020
6:00 pm
Phonebank Training

Learn to use our online system to call voters from your own home - all you need is a computer with an internet connection! Help us get in touch with Maine voters about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Sep 9, 2020
5:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Join the Midcoast chapter for our monthly meeting to discuss the most pressing issues! 

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Sep 9, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Census Update: Challenges and Threats
The Census Bureau is rushing to wrap up its 2020 count by the end of this month. But advocates warn that this deadline threatens the validity of the Census, which is the key to a fair democracy for the next decade. 
 
Join this webinar to learn how the count is going here in Maine and around the country. We’ll also cover the controversy over when to end the count; challenges to counting vulnerable populations; and how White House efforts to exclude undocumented citizens may affect redistricting in 2021. 

Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.

REGISTER HERE

Monday
Sep 7, 2020
7:00 pm
Presented Online
Author Talk: Colin Woodard “Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood”

Join author Colin Woodard as he talks about his book Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood. This event is co-sponsored by the Jesup Memorial Library, Acadia Senior College, and the LWV-Downeast. Books are on sale for this event through Sherman's Books on their website shermans.com, by calling 207-288-3161 or by visiting their Bar Harbor store.

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Sep 2, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
USPS and Our Democracy

The United States Postal Service is vital for all Americans. In a huge election year in which more people will vote-by-mail than ever before, the USPS is something to protect. Mail service has slowed across the country, but does this mean it is a deliberate attack to prevent ballots from being delivered and counted? The Postal Service processes and delivers 472.1 million mail pieces each day. It can rise and meet the needs for the November election. However, after years of defunding, it might need a boost as well.

In this weekly webinar series, we will dive into the most recent developments around the USPS and how things might affect the November 3 election. Jessica Jones Caparell, Policy & Legislative Affairs Senior Manager at the League of Women Voters of the United States, will talk more about their lawsuit to protect the USPS. 

REGISTER HERE

Tuesday
Sep 1, 2020
5:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future

Shelia Nataraj Kirby, Ph.D. and Ann Luther will present “The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting our History, Rededicating our Future.” Kirby and Luther will speak about the women who led the suffrage movement and the historic victory they won by securing suffrage. They will also highlight some of the compromises that split the movement and the consequences of this split, which left many voters without the right to vote. Presented by the Southwest Harbor Public Library. Learn more at https://www.swhplibrary.org/calendar.php.

To register for this virtual event and receive a link to the Zoom presentation, please email the library at circulation@swhplibrary.org.

Monday
Aug 31, 2020
3:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Capital Area: Pre-election Meeting

This is a busy time for the League as we help ensure safe and secure elections. We need help and we hope that you can volunteer a few hours of your time. Please attend even if you can’t volunteer. We would love to get to know our members better and share the good vibe and ideas for strong voter turnout and safe and secure elections.

JOIN HERE*

*This is a direct link to the Zoom meeting. Please only click at the time and day of this meeting.  

Friday
Aug 28, 2020
2:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Aug 26, 2020
6:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Aug 26, 2020
3:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Hard Won Not Done. Winning, Extending & Defending Voting Rights

Join us on the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in the United States for discussion of how women won the right to vote, who was left out, ongoing efforts to ensure universal suffrage, and the security of the 2020 election.

This will be a live zoom webinar moderated by Leigh Saufley, Dean of the UME School of Law and former Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court and include discussion and Q&A with Panelists:

Alison Beyea - Exec Director, ACLU of Maine
Maulian Dana - Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador
Anne Gass - Author and Historian
Anna Kellar - Exec Director, League of Women Voters of Maine
Krystal Williams - Attorney, Bernstein Shur

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Aug 26, 2020
1:00 pm
Presented Online
We the Women Virtual Author Event

The Portland Area League of Women Voters and Longfellow Books present a virtual book talk with Julie Suk, author of We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment

In her new book, Dr. Suk, a leading legal scholar, tells the story of the ERA through the voices of the bold women lawmakers who created it. They faced opposition and subterfuge at every turn, but they persisted. Congress took almost fifty years to adopt it in 1972. Forty years later, the amendment is still in limbo. And, despite significant gains, the achievement of gender equality has fallen short, especially for working mothers and women of color. Dr. Suk excavates the ERA’s past to guide its future, explaining how the ERA can address hot-button issues such as pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and unequal pay.

This is a free, online event. REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday
Aug 26, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Maine's 2020 Elections: What You Need to Know

We are living through a global pandemic. But our elections still matter and must go on.

The American electoral system is the cornerstone of our democracy. We must continue to ensure that elections are administered fairly and in a way that protects access to voting for every eligible American. 

The League of Women Voters of Maine will host a live recapping of the July primary -- what went well and what could have gone better. 

We will also look towards the November election. Recent developments, from attacks on vote-by-mail to the USPS, forecast that this election season could be a long road. 

REGISTER HERE

Monday
Aug 24, 2020
5:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
LWV-Downeast: Election Protection

Join the discussion for how we can protect the November 3rd election and keep it as accessible as possible for Maine voters. This meeting will feature a special guest and new LWVME staff member, Sadie, to talk about her work and opportunities for local members to participate.

REGISTER HERE 

Friday
Aug 21, 2020
2:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Aug 19, 2020
6:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Friday
Aug 14, 2020
2:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Aug 12, 2020
6:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Tuesday
Aug 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 August book is It's Up to Us by John Kasich.

Friday
Aug 7, 2020
2:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you!

Wednesday
Aug 5, 2020
6:00 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 about requesting their absentee ballots ahead of the November election. We'll provide the lists and train you! 

Sign up here

Tuesday
Aug 4, 2020
5:30 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Midcoast Monthly Meeting

Come and join us for our monthly meeting, conducted via Zoom. Everyone is welcome! 

REGISTER HERE

Thursday
Jul 30, 2020
4:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Introduction to National Popular Vote

Learn how we currently elect the president and about the plan to elect the president by National Popular Vote. Electing the president by National Popular Vote is the only reform that makes every vote equal and guarantees that whichever candidate receives the most votes becomes the president. Join staff from National Popular Vote to learn how this legislation works, how close it is to reality, and how you can get involved.

REGISTER HERE

Wednesday
Jul 29, 2020
2:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Debunking the Most Common Myths About a National Popular Vote

We'll review the most common misconceptions that people have about electing the President by National Popular Vote with a focus on preparing attendees to respond to this opposition themselves.

REGISTER HERE 

Wednesday
Jul 29, 2020
1:00 pm
Youth Engagement with Peter Levine

Peter Levine, an expert on civic engagement, will be joining our High School Engagement Project team via zoom for an hour-long conversation about youth voter engagement.  Space is limited - please register now.

Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. He has a secondary appointment as a research professor in the Tufts Philosophy Department as well as appointments in Political Science and the Tufts Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. With Philosophy Professor Erin Kelly, Levine co-directs the A&S major in Civic Studies, which involves a substantial component of political philosophy and ethics.

Levine is the author of We are the Ones We have been Waiting for: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, fall 2013), and the author or editor of eight other scholarly books on philosophy and politics and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee's for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

REGISTER HERE

Friday
Jul 17, 2020
4:00 pm
Weru 89.9 Fm Blue Hill
Democracy Forum -- Election Reflections: July 14, 2020

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. This month, we will talk about the July 14 primary and special referendum election, our first under COVID restrictions. How did it go? What can we learn for November? Do we know yet who won? Will ranked choice voting be a factor? Special Guests: Matt Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State; Amy Fried, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine; and Jill Goldthwait, Award-winning columnist for the Ellsworth American and the Mount Desert Islander. Learn more here.

Live programming at WERU is a casualty of the ongoing civil defense against COVID-19, so this show will be pre-recorded July 16. 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

Tuesday
Jul 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 July book is Shadow Networks: Media, Money and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right by Anne Nelson.

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. 

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

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
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.

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
Hosted On 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.

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.

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
Hosted On 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
Hosted On 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
Hosted On 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
Hosted On 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
Hosted On 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
Hosted On 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)..

Saturday
Apr 11, 2020
12:00 pm
Hosted On Zoom
Copy of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.