Publications and Studies

Maine: The State of Our Democracy

Coming March 2021

This report examines and assesses the state of democracy in Maine along several
dimensions using indicators based on publicly-available data, published reports, and research conducted by the League of Women Voters (LWVME) and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE).







Post-Election Report: Maine's 2020 Election

Published December 2020




A new report outlines what we did to prepare for Election Day. We describe the advocacy and structural work that we adopted for the challenge of running an election during COVID. We had more than 100 volunteers on the ground on Election Day, and we have over 300 reports from the field. Finally, this report provides a few lessons on what we learned, and of course, a few recommendations.




Impact on Issues

Published November 2020


Impact on Issues briefly traces significant actions and achievements of the League of Women Voters of Maine, includes the official statements of positions that formed the basis for action, and describes the League's current priorities.





Easy-to-Read Voter Guide 

Published October 2020


This information is nonpartisan. This means that the information in this guide does not support or oppose any candidate or political party. All candidate statements are provided by the candidates and are not edited or changed in any way by the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund. Candidate statements or explanations of any ballot questions included here do not represent the views of the League or any of our distribution partners, including any schools, libraries, nonprofit organizations, or agencies.




Report: 40B

Published July 2020


The Immigrant Housing Coalition embarked on this research to help identify some of the challenges in the affordable housing arena and collaborate with other interested parties to help address identifiable challenges. This report is the first step to learn more about housing and affordable housing policy in Maine. As such, we have identified a policy gap in affordable housing development in Maine compared to our southern New England neighbors. It is time for the people of Maine to demand more from its political leaders to address affordable housing shortages in the state. 




Report: Maine's July 14th Primary

Published August 2020


Holding an election during a global pandemic can be a messy business. It certainly tested Maine's election system. This report offers a summary of the successes and challenges of the primary, drawing on observations and reports from around the state as well as preliminary data from the Secretary of State.






Maine: The State of Our Democracy

Published April 2020


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. Even in the midst of a crisis, our democracy remains vital. We hope that, as this crisis exposes weaknesses in our system, we can draw on our democracy’s many strengths - including our strong voting rights and culture of civic participation - to ensure every Mainer’s voice will be heard.




Universal Vote-by-Mail Analysis

Published March 2020


In an analysis of all-mail elections (also known as Universal Vote by Mail), our Advocacy Team identified best practices to ensure that no voter is left behind. We hope that our conclusions will help inform thinking about how best to guarantee secure, accessible and accurate elections in this time of great uncertainty and for the future.






The Fall 2020 Maine Voter is available here (as a pdf file). 

The Summer 2020 Maine Voter is available here (as a pdf file).

Back issues of the Maine Voter






Publications of the LWVME Education Fund

Here's a list of Ed. Fund publications and voter guides


League Studies