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LWVME in the News

The League of Women Voters of Maine makes the news.

MCCE and League of Women Voters of Maine Hire Anna Kellar as Joint Executive Director, press release, December 12, 2017.

Bill seeks to bring alternative voting method called ranked-choice to N.H. Shout out to LWVME from our sisters in New Hampshire, Concord Monitor, November 19, 2017.

It's time for all Mainers to start setting the table for civility, League partners with NICD and others in the Portland Press Herald, November 17, 2017.

Non-Partisan Groups Endorse People's Veto on Ranked Choice Voting Roll-back League statement November 13, 2017.

George Smith: Candidates should make a pledge for civility, shout-out to the League's work at the KJ/Morning Sentinel November 1, 2017.

Lawmakers delay ranked choice voting until after 2021, League quoted in the Ellsworth American, October 25, 2017.

Democracy is not a spectator sport, vote, LTE by Rep. Patty Hymanson mentions our Voter Guide, Seacoast Online, October 24, 2017.

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and the League of Women Voters of Maine Announce New Collaboration, Seek Executive Director, press release, October 24, 2018.

LWVME and MCCE Action issue joint statement on RCV, October 23, 2017.

Question 1, Citizen Initiative: An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County, LWVME Ed. Fund Voter Guide cited in referendum coverage, Penobscot Bay Pilot, October 17, 2017.

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos? LWVME Advocacy Chair Ann Luther quoted in Ellsworth American, October 11, 2017.

League of Women Voters releases 2017 Easy-to-Read Voter Guide, LWVME Press Release, October 10 2017.

Midcoast League of Women Voters press release announcing to new League in the Midcoast area, October 9. 2107.

Maine has a way forward on ranked-choice voting. Lawmakers should take it. LWVME President Jill Ward's op-ed in the Bangor Daily News, October 4, 2017.

Maine's secretary of state says he will reject second request for voter registration data, LWVME board member Stephanie Philbrick quoted in the Portland Press Herald, July 31, 2017.

Conversation to focus on civic engagement, LWVME board member Ann Luther featured at College of the Atlantic's Coffee and Conversation, in the Mount Desert Islander, July 6, 2017.

State Lawmakers Break Political Norms By Ignoring Will Of The Voters, LWVME board member Ann Luther quoted in NPR story, July 5, 2017.

League of Women Voter of Maine Urges Secretary Dunlap to Reject Election Commission Request for Voter Registration Data, press release, July 3, 2017.

All Voter-Approved Initiatives From 2016 Ballot In Flux In Legislature, LWVME's Ann Luther on Maine Public, June 19, 2017.

Voter registration in the 21st century, Ann Luther's op-ed for LWVME in the Sun Journal, June 4, 2017.

Maine lawmakers hear passionate debate on ranked-choice voting, LWVME testifies for ranked choice voting, Portland Press Herald, June 2, 2017.

Maine people wanted a better way to vote. It's time to enshrine it in the Constitution, LWVME President Jill Ward's op-ed with Dick Woodbury in the Bangor Daily News, June 1, 2017.

Ranked-choice voting is still alive in Maine -- and here's why it matters, LWVME President Jill Ward quoted in Salon, May 31, 2017.

Group of Maine lawmakers examines whether to copyright public meeting recordings, LWVME's John Brautigam quoted by the Associated Press, May 31, 2017.

League of Women Voter of Maine Urges Legislature to Honor Will of Voters Regarding Ranked Choice Voting, LWVME Press Release, May 25, 2017.

Augusta must honor the will of Maine voters and ensure full implementation of the law, LWVME issues joint press release, May 23, 2017.

League of Women Voters of Maine Names Board Directors for 2017-2019 LWVME Press Release, May 22, 2017.

Jared Golden seeks to make voter registration 'automatic', Lewiston Sun Journal, April 26, 2017.

Bellows introduces bill for election transparency, Turner Publishing, April 19, 2017.

League Bill Would Increase Public Confidence and Transparency of Election Practices, LWVME press release, April 18, 2017.

High court hints it will have to rule on Maine ranked-choice vote legality, Bangor Daily News, April 13, 2017.

Maine's highest court hears ranked-choice voting arguments, AP story in U,S. News & World Report, April 13, 2017.

League of Women Voters of Maine argues in in support of citizen-initiated ranked choice voting law,, LWVME press release, April 13, 2017.

Maine Women's History on Maine Calling, April 4, 2017. Listen for the bit about the League about 30 minutes in.

Clean Election Act a treasure worth preserving, Ellsworth American, March 24, 2017.

Maine AG, Republicans tell high court they believe ranked-choice voting is unconstitutional, League says otherwise, Bangor Daily News, March 3, 2017.

Briefs Filed in Ranked-Choice Voting Constitutional Challenge, Maine Public reports, March 3, 2017.

League of Women Voters of Maine Makes the Case for Ranked Choice Voting to the State Supreme Court, LWVME Press Release, March 3, 2017.

Local legislators, columnist hold forth on citizens' referendums, coverage of the League's public conversation in the Ellsworth American, March 2, 2017.

Portland's First Muslim City Councilor Works To Get Out The Vote, LWVME registers voters are naturalization ceremonies in the story from Maine Public, February 21, 2017.

Maine bill would allocate Maine electoral votes according to national vote LWVME supports national popular vote, Maine Sun Journal, February 17, 2017.

The latest voter ID attempt in Maine appears doomed to fail, LWVME and allies oppose Photo ID to vote, BDN, February 16, 2017.

League of Women Voters to start public conversations, Mount Desert Islander, February 4, 2017.

League of Women Voters of Maine Announces Advocacy Agenda for 128th Legislature LWVME press release, January 25, 2017.

Maine starts planning ranked choice voting systems, League president Jill Ward quoted in AP article, November 11, 2016.

Maine voters adopt Ranked Choice Voting, lead the way for more choice, more voice, joint media release, November 9, 2016.

YES on 5 WINS, WGME November 9, 2016.

Our Voter Guide in the Penobscot Bay Press. November 3, 2016.

Should we vote for candidates in order of preference? League mentioned in Newsweek article, October 30, 2016.

No zombies cast ballots in our elections: Maine elections are legitimate, op-ed from League president, Jill Ward, in the Bangor Daily News, October 22, 2016.

Op-ed on Clean Elections mentions the League, October 21, 2016.

Bangor council candidates talk city's future during forum, coverage of League-sponsored candidate forum in the Bangor Daily News, October 20, 2016.

Legislative candidates face off in Ellsworth, coverage of League-sponsored candidate forum in the Ellsworth American, October 19, 2016.

The 'Second-Most Important Vote' On Election Day, League President Jill Ward quoted by the Institute for Public Accuracy, October 18, 2016.

For Those Who Don't Want to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils, LWVME in yes! magazine article, October 13, 2016.

Polls busy across Maine on first day of in-person absentee voting, LWVME quoted in Portland Press Herald story, October 12, 2016.

Ranked choice as easy as 1, 2, 3? Not so fast, critics say. LWVME President Jill Ward quoted in AP story, October 9, 2016.

League of Women Voters releases 2016 Easy-to-Read Voter Guide, LWVME Press Release, October 4 2016.

League of Women Voters Cancels Brunswick Candidates Forum, LWVME Press Release, September 27, 2016.

National Voter Registration Day: How to register in Maine, by what time, and where, WCSH September 27, 2016.

League of Women Voters Celebrates National Voter Registration Day, LWVME Press Release, September 22, 2016.

Getting Out the Vote. Listen to League president Jill Ward on MPBN's Maine Calling September 20, 2016.

How ranked-choice voting could make voters more open to third-party candidates, PBS Newshour, September 2, 2016.

Are 'Instant Runoffs' a Better Way to Vote?, Stateline from the Pew Charitable Trusts, September 2, 2016.

How Paul LePage got elected, and how Mainers think they can fix a broken voting system6., September 1, 2016.

Group promotes voting change for Maine with ranked-choice beer tastings,, Portland Press Herald, August 24, 2016.

Support ranked-choice voting,, Sarah Palmer's LTE in the BDN, August 5, 2016.

Better way to vote, Gina Coppens's LTE in the BDN, August 2, 2016.

After ceremony, new citizen says, `I want to vote to determine my future', in the BDN, July 29, 2016.

YES on Question 5: Ranked Choice Voting!, Ned White blog post in the BDN, July 23, 2016.

Ranked-choice voting the way to go in Maine, LTE in the Kennebeck Journal/Morning Sentinel, July 7, 2016.

Correcting record about ranked choice voting, Ann Luther's op-ed in the Journal Tribune, June 28, 2016.

Maine Voices: Ranked-choice voting passes every test of true democracy, LWVME President Jill Ward's op-ed in the Portland Press Herald, June 11, 2016.

League of Women Voters Calls for Full Funding of the Clean Elections Initiative, press release, February 23, 2016.

LWVME President Jill Ward releases statement on constitutionality of RCV, press release, January 21, 2016.

Maine officials, legislators question legality of ranked-choice voting, Portland Press Herald, January 20, 2016.

Ranked Choice Voting to appear on Maine ballot in 2016, pending petition certification from AMERICAblog, October 19, 2015, wherein the League gets a little more credit than we deserve. Credit due to the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting.

More than 70,000 Maine voters want ranked choice voting on November 2016 ballot, press release from the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting, October 19, 2015.

League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund releases 2015 Easy-to-Read Voter Guides, press release, October 13, 2015.

Group wants voters to change Maine's voting system in 2016, LWVME supports ranked choice voting in Lewiston Sun Journal article, October 12, 2015.

Interactive map: Does same-day registration affect voter turnout in the U.S.? LWVME quoted by the PBS News Hour in support of same-day registration, October 4, 2015.

Maryland Congressman Pitches New Approach to Campaign Finance Reform at Stops in Maine. LWVME President Jill Ward quoted on MPBN, September 2, 2015.

Area forums on ranked choice voting scheduled, Ellsworth American, September 1, 2015.

Women fought for the right to vote. We must fight to protect our democracy. Op-ed by the League president Jill Ward and member Elizabeth Sutherland in the Bangor Daily News, Augusta 26,2015.

More than 80 immigrants become U.S. citizens in Portland. The League was there. Portland Press Herald, August 21, 2015.

Freedom of Access law mandates open doors Helen Hanlon for LWVME in the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, June 26, 2015.

League Advocacy Chair joins the conversation on MPBN's Maine Calling, June 3, 2015. Choosing Maine's Constitutional Officers.

League of Women Voters of Maine Names Board of Directors 2015-2017, the League's press release, May 4, 2015.

Ranked choice voting a win-win. The League gets credit in Stan Payson's LTE to, April 28, 2015.

Maine lawmaker says voters should pick constitutional officers, the League's Polly Ward quoted in this BDN article, April 16, 2015. Read the League's testimony on this and other bills at Testimony on Priority Issues.

Maine lawmakers consider two bills to bring independents into primaries, the League's testimony featured in coverage of Top Two and open primaries in the Portland Press Herald, April 1, 2015.

Clean Election candidates shouldn't run political action committees, the League's 2010 PAC study featured in BDN op-ed, March 17, 2015. Read the full study here. See also powerful testimony on PAC reform, which we endorse, from our partners at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections.

Do Maine Term Limits Weaken or Strengthen Legislature? Polly Ward for LWVME testifies for repeal of term limits, MPBN, March 16, 2015. Read her testimony in full here.

Ranked choice voting would work well in Maine elections, Polly Ward for LWVME in the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, February 17, 2015.

New Maine laws limit lobbying by former state officials, Associated Press, January 1, 2015.

The League Was There

Long Island Ballots at Senatorial Votes Committee Hearing December 11, 2014

League of Women Voters Advocates for Integrity of Senate District 25 Election, press release, December 8, 2014.

Cleaner Elections in Maine, LWVME and others join the conversation on Talk of the Towns, WERU, October 25, 2014.

Vote like it's 1920! The League of Women Voters Election Guide is still a must-read, Penobscot Bay Pilot, October 21, 2014.

Maine clerks prepare for onslaught of ballots, Associated Press story, October 1, 2014.

Candidate forums begin Thursday Time Record, October 1, 2014.

Voter registration drives get students involved, League of Women Voters in the Times Record, September 24, 2014.

Senior Bryanna Ringrose registering to vote at Morse High School in Bath on National Voter Registration Day

Maine's newest Americans hear judge's own inspirational story, Portland Press Herald, September 21, 2014.

League members greet new citizens

Maine Voices: Time for Mainers to push back against big-money dominance of elections, celebrating passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, LWVME's Jill Ward renews the call for political equality in the 21st century, Portland Press Herald, August 27, 2014.

EPA Holds Hearing in Maine on Proposed Power Plant Rules, MPBN coverage, August 6, 2014: the League speaks out in favor of new EPA rules for stricter emission controls.

We need as many debates as possible ASAP so voters can fulfill their duty, Michelle Small's op. ed. for the League in the Bangor Daily News, July 28, 2014.

Celebrate Independence Day, LTE in the Portland Press Herald, July 3, 2014.

Early Voting, LTE in the Bangor Daily News, June 9, 2014.

Term Limits, LTE in the Portland Press Herald, April 1, 2014.

Term Limits, LTE in the Bangor Daily News, March 29, 2014.

Portland Area League of Women Voters of Maine Co-hosts Corporate Power in America's State Houses, press release, February 17, 2014.

League of Women Voters of Maine announces new membership opportunities, press release, February 13, 2014.