Making Democracy Work

Events Coming Up


We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Saturday, September 1, 2018-Monday, December 31, 2018
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Various around the state, including the Greater Portland Area, Bangor, Lewiston, and Acadia National Park Naturalization Ceremonies. Welcome new citizens and register new voters. Email Peg Balano for more dates and information at peg.balano@gmail.com. New Citizens Register to Vote
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming election season. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Speaking in Maine
Maine Public Radio
What Australia's Experience with Ranked Choice Voting Can Teach Maine. Dr. Ben Reilly of Murdoch University in Australia discusses 100 years of Ranked Choice Voting in Australia and how lessons learned may be applicable to Maine. From a talk presented on September 4 at the Bangor Public Library, cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine, the Scholars Strategy Center, and the University of Maine Department of Political Science.

Follow along with his slides.

Monday, October 8, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
MCCE/League Conference Room
565 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Members welcome.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Bagaduce Music Lending Library
49 South St.
Blue Hill, ME 04614
Blue Hill Legislative Candidates Forum. Featuring candidates for House District 133, Nancy Colwell (R) and Sarah Pebworth (D), and for Senate District 7, Louie Luchini (D) and Rich Malaby (R). Moderated by Clifton Page. Cosponsored by LWV-Downeast and the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Bangor City Council Chambers
Bangor City Hall
73 Harlow St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor Candidate Forums. Featuring candidates for City Council and School Committee. The School Committee Forum will start at 5:30, and the City Council Forum will start at 6:45. Co-sponsored by the League and the Bangor Public Library.
Friday, October 12, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Rockland City Council Chambers
270 Pleasant St.
Rockland, ME 04841
District 6 DA Candidate Forum. Featuring candidates Natasha Irving and Jonathan Liberman for Prosecutorial District 6, which covers Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, and Waldo Counties. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Midcoast, ACLU of Maine, and the Free Press Online.
Monday, October 15, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Orland Community Center
21 Schoolhouse Rd.
Orland, ME 04472
Orland Legislative Candidates Forum. Featuring candidates from Maine House District 130, Dick Campbell (R) and Mike Reynolds (D), Maine House District 131, Nathalie Arruda (D) and Sherm Hutchins (R), and Maine Senate District 8, Kim Rosen (R) and Bev Uhlenhake (D). Moderated by Susan Lessard. Co-sponsored by LWV-Downeast, the Bucksport Enterprise, and WERU Community Radio.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:00 p.m.
SCI 102
University of Maine at Machias
116 O'Brien Avenue
Machias, Maine 04654
Iron Jawed Angels. Film screening of the award-winning film, Iron Jawed Angels, with discussion to follow led by Dr. Kay Kimball. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Machias, UMM Student Life, and UMM's Psych & Community Studies.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Somesville Fire Station
1157 Main St.
Somesville, ME 04660
MDI Legislative Candidates Forum. Featuring candidates from Maine House District 134 and Maine Senate District 7. Moderated by Jill Goldthwait. Co-sponsored by LWV-Downeast, and the MD Islander.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Flatbread Pizza
399 Commercial St.
Rockport, ME 04856
Benefit Night for the League of Women Voters - Midcoast.. Raffles, voter registration, great pizza, and more. A portion of each pizza purchase funds the League's voter outreach projects.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 04401
Bangor League Meeting and Book Discussion - NEW DATE. Rescheduled from October 9. Join us for League business, dinner, and a book discussion. The October book is Doris Kearns Goodwin Leadership: In Turbulent Times.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Scarborough Adult Education
Scarborough High School, Room A100
11 Municipal Drive
Scarborough, ME 04074
Rock Your Vote 101: Voter Information Night Workshop. Seize your chance to shape tomorrow, vote today! Don't let the voting process, a confusing ballot, tough issues, or swirling rhetoric stand in your way. Become an informed and empowered citizen in this 100% non-partisan workshop. For more info and to register: Scarborough Adult Ed
Friday, October 19, 2018
10-11:00 a.m.
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at weru.org Democracy Forum -- Political Polls: Can We Ever Trust Them Again?. LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about the state of the art in political polling, why polls sometimes get it wrong, the emerging challenges for pollsters, and what citizens need to know about who and what to believe. Guests: Amy Fried, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine, and Courtney Kennedy, Director, Survey Research, Pew Research Center. Learn more.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Hannaford Hall
Abromson Community Education Center
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford St.
Portland, ME 04101
2018 Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Women's Economic Security. Moderated by the League's own Anne Schink. Reception with light refreshments begins at 5:30. Forum starts at 6:30. The event will be ASL interpreted. Co-sponsored by the League and a host of others. More information here.
Monday, October 22, 2018
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Moore Community Center Theater
133 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Ellsworth Legislative Candidates Forum. Featuring candidates for House District 134, Nicole Grohoski (D) and Mark Reynolds (R), and for Senate District 7, Louie Luchini (D) and Rich Malaby (R). Moderated by Stephen Fay. Cosponsored by LWV-Downeast, the Ellsworth American, and the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, November 5, 2018
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
MCCE/League Conference Room
565 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Members welcome.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
 
  Election Day.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Midcoast League Monthly Meeting. Moving to the first Tuesday of each month. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email midcoast@lwvme.org.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
7-8:30 p.m.
Frontier Cafe
14 Maine St.
Brunswick, ME 04011
Midterm Elections Results: What Can We Expect?. Panel discussion featuring Bowdoin Profession Andrew Rudalevige; Democratic State Senator Brownie Carson; small business owner Fred Horch; and Republican lobbyist and former state legislator Pam Cahill. Moderated by Bob Howe. Tickets $5 available at the door.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 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 November book is Adam Winkler's We the Corporations.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 - 8:00pm
PelotonLabs
795 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
Wine and Whine! Election Debrief Party. Join us for our annual reflection what happened in the election and what it means for the upcoming legislative year. Appetizers and drinks will be provided by the League.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ann's House
Trenton
LWV Downeast Book Group. Our book for December is Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. Everyone welcome. Great snacks.

Email RSVP or for more information at downeast@lwvme.org.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Elaine's house, Portland Holiday Party. Celebration of LWVPA members and volunteers. It's a party! RSVP or for more information at portland@lwvme.org.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
5:30 p.m.
Seasons Restaurant
427 Main St.
Bangor, ME 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 December book is David Sanger's The Perfect Weapon.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Riverton Branch
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Jon Meacham's Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
Thursday, April 11, 2019
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Riverton Branch
Portland Public Library
1600 Forest Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
LWV-Portland Area Book Discussion. The book will be Tommy Orange's There There