Making Democracy Work

Events Coming Up

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, December 1, 2017-Saturday, December 1, 2018
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 New Citizens Register to Vote
Friday, April 6, 2018-Sunday, April 8, 2018
Hampton Inn & Suites
900 Post Road
Wells, ME 04090
New England States Leadership Development Conference. Save the date. It will be six states again this year! State League leaders from CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT are developing an agenda for this year that is sure to be the best yet.

We will gather once again at the Hampton Inn in Wells, ME. Here's the link for details and registration information.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Ann's House
LWV-Downeast Book Group. Our book for April will be Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic by David Frum 2018, 320 pages.

Great snacks and good company. All welcome. RSVP or get directions at

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Martin's Point Jewell Room
331 Veranda Street, Building 6
Portland, ME 04104
LWVPA Open Board Meeting. Bring your dinner!
Friday, April 20, 2018
10-11:00 am
WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill and 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming at Democracy Forum -- Ranked Choice Voting: How Will It Work in Maine?. LWV Downeast hosts a radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. We'll talk about how ranked choice voting is moving forward for the June primary, what the Secretary of State is planning, and what voters need to know as they head for the polls. Guests: John Brautigam, a public interest attorney, senior adviser and strategist to the Democracy Partnership's project, Maine Uses Ranked Choice Voting; and Grace Ramsey, deputy outreach director for FairVote, a national electoral reform advocacy group. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show. Learn more.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church Ellsworth
121 Bucksport Road
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Public Conversations -- Ranked Choice Voting: How Will It Work in Maine?. Join us to discuss and to continue the conversation on ranked choice voting. Get your questions answered. Try it out for yourself in a mock election. Featuring Jon Monroe, outreach specialist for the Democracy Partnership. Refreshments will be served. Public welcome.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
To be announced Portland Area League: Primary Elections Study Consensus Meeting - Part 1. Save the date. More details to follow.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Midcoast League Planning Meeting. Join League members in the Midcoast area to work on projects for the coming year. Everyone welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email
Thursday, May 10, 2018
American Legion Hall
65 Depot Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
LWVPA Annual Meeting. LWVPA members are urged to attend to vote on next year's goals, budget and board and committee nominations. Look for the Portland Area email in presenting this information to all local members.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Community Room
Rockland Public Library
80 Union St.
Rockland, ME 04841
Primaries, Parties and Ranked Choice Voting: What You Need to Know. Free public forum on party primaries: how they work in Maine, who can participate, why they matter, and what people need to know about ranked choice voting for this election. Panel discussion featuring Sandy Maisel, Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby College; Peter Mills, two-time candidate for governor and long-time Maine state legislator; Liz Smith, former chair, Knox County Democrats, current member of the Maine Democratic Party Executive Committee; and others. Co-sponsored by the Midcoast League of Women Voters, the Rockland Public Library, and the Knox County Retired Educators Association. Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
To be announced Portland Area League: Primary Elections Study Consensus Meeting - Part 2. Save the date. More details to follow.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  Primary Election in Maine.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Dusty's House
Brunswick League Book Group. Our book for September will be One Nation after Trump: A Guide fo the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported by E.J. Dionne, Norman Ornstein, and Thomas Mann.

RSVP or for more information, email

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.