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League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund Releases Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for June Primary

Press Release May 9, 2019

For the first time, the League expands its nonpartisan resource to cover the primary election; offers translated versions in Somali and Arabic

Augusta - The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has released its Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for the June 12 primary election. This is the League's 11th Voter Guide and its first guide for primary elections. This guide covers the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor, federal races for the U.S. House of Representatives in Districts 1 and 2, and the U.S. Senate race. It also covers the special referendum election, open to all voters regardless of party affiliation, featuring one ballot question that will be decided by voters on June 12th.

The 2018 primary also marks the first time in our nation's history that ranked choice voting will be used in a statewide primary election. Maine voters will use RCV to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representative race in Congressional District 2. (There is also an RCV primary in state legislative district 75, although that race is not covered in the statewide voter guide.)

Mainers will also be voting this June on the people's veto that will determine whether ranked choice voting is used in Maine going forward, including in the general election for U.S. House and Senate candidates on November 6th this year.

Written in easy-to-understand language, the 2018 Easy-to-Read Primary Voter Guide is nonpartisan and does not endorse any candidate or party or any position on the ballot question. The guide includes candidate biographies and position priorities provided by the candidates themselves and an explanation of the ballot question. It also includes general information about voting in Maine, including who can vote, how to register, how to vote absentee, and where to vote on Election Day.

"Voters want information from independent, unbiased sources; and we know from past experience that this free, nonpartisan voter guide is a highly-valued resource for Maine voters," said Jill Ward, President of the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund. "We are so pleased to expand access to this resource for the primary election this year, including supplemental information for Portland voters in a special edition. For the first time we are also translating the guide into Somali and Arabic to give some of our newest voters the opportunity to use and share the guide so that all our citizens have the information they need to exercise their right to vote."

The League is distributing 30,000 paper guides to libraries, adult education centers, social service agencies, colleges, and high schools across the State. The guide is posted on the LWVME website and can be downloaded at http://www.lwvme.org. Copies can be requested by emailing voterguide@lwvme.org or calling 207-622-0256 Ext 2.

The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy education organization, which builds citizen participation in the democratic process, studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner, and enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.