Publications and Studies

2021 PUBLICATIONS

 

Maine Voter Newsletter

Published October 2021

The fall edition of the Maine Voter newsletter brings you the quick facts about November's election, including how to look up what's on your ballot, who might be collecting signatures at polling places, and how Westbrook residents could implement Ranked Choice Voting for municipal elections. It's an exciting time, and there's a lot happening around Maine!

 

Maine Voter Newsletter

Published April 2021

The spring edition of our Maine Voter newsletter covers our plans for the Biennial Convention, the Online voter registration bill (LD 1126), the For the People Act: the most important voting rights bill in the U.S., our corporate contribution ban bill, a youth council update, LWVME member update, and a status update on the National Popular Vote in Maine. See the full newsletter archive.

 

Maine: The State of Our Democracy

Published April 2021

After a tumultuous year in American politics, Democracy Maine releases the second edition of their report, State of Maine Democracy, that assesses the health of the state’s government and democracy. The first edition was released in April 2020, just after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the 2020 version here.

 

2020 PUBLICATIONS

 

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.

 

Maine Voter Newsletter

Published October 2020

The spring edition of our Maine Voter newsletter covers our election protection program, absentee voting explained, prepping our Neighbor to Neighbor program for the November election, and updates on ranked choice voting, corporate contributions, and the national popular vote compact. See the full newsletter archive.

 

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. 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.

 

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 impacted the normal functioning of Maine’s government, with the early conclusion of the second session of the 129th legislature. 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 to ensure every Mainer’s voice will be heard. Read the 2021 version here.

 

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.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

Publications of the LWVME Education Fund

List of Ed. Fund publications and voter guides

 

League Studies

Learn more about our study of citizen initiatives and people's vetoes

Learn more about our study of primary election systems

Learn more about other League studies from the recent past

 

Toolkits

Forums in a Box: Toolkit for Local Organizers

League Policy on Candidate Forums

League Policy on Issue Forums