Making Democracy Work

Proposed Program 2019-2021

Making Democracy Work

Positions: Retain all current positions

Sustain emphasis on the democracy agenda, Making Democracy Work: engaging and informing voters, protecting and improving elections, and fighting big money in politics.

One New Topic Proposed for Study

At Convention 2017 the board proposed two new topics for study:

  • Concurrence Program: The Board of the League of Women Voters of Maine proposed a study on Primary Election Systems based on the study done by the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Florida, and possibly other state Leagues. This study eventually became a consensus study and was completed in November 2018, resulting in a new position. (See Positions in Brief on the next page.)

  • Consensus Program: The Board of the League of Women Voters of Maine proposed a study on the appropriate uses, restrictions, and financing of Citizens Initiatives. This study is in progress, with completion anticipated for this fall, 2019.

For 2019-2021, the Board of Directors is proposing one topic for study over the next two years. Because League studies are designed to be thorough and fair, the process can be lengthy. The Board is proposing a Consensus program topic that would take up to two years.

  • Consensus Program: The Board of the League of Women Voters of Maine proposes a study on voting for legal residents including non-citizens, its history and practice in the United States, current issues and considerations, including but not limited to home rule versus state pre-emption.