Endorse Open Primaries

Sign here to endorse LD 211, "An Act To Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections."

Our democracy works best when more citizens participate in the process. That’s why we are proud to support nonpartisan legislation in the 129th Legislature, LD 211, "An Act To Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections," giving unenrolled voters the opportunity to make their voices heard in June elections.

Maine’s closed primary law expressly prohibits 35% of Maine citizens from participating in June primary elections that they pay for as taxpayers and that effectively decide more than 70% of all legislative races. Maine is one of only 11 states (a shrinking number) with "members-only elections" that limit participation to members of the two major parties. Among those disenfranchised by Maine’s closed primaries law are 50% of millennials and 49% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who cannot vote in this first-round election. Open primaries would allow all registered voters to have their voices heard in all elections.

Legislative sponsors of LD 211 (to-date) include Rep. Kent Ackley (I-Monmouth), Sen. Matt Pouliot (R-Augusta), Sen. Justin Chenette (D-Saco), Rep. Genevieve McDonald (D-Stonington), Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos (I-Friendship), Rep. Norman Higgins (I-Dover-Foxcroft), Rep. Don Marean (I-Hollis), Rep. Bill Pluecker (I-Warren), and Rep. Walter Riseman (I-Harrison). Past sponsors of open primaries legislation have included Sen. Roger Katz (R-Augusta)Sen. Kim Rosen (R-Bucksport), Rep. Owen Casas (I-Rockport), Sen. Bill Diamond (D-Windham), Sen. Brian Langley (R-Ellsworth), Sen. Tom Saviello (R-Wilton), Sen. Linda Valentino (D-York), and Sen. Mark Dion (D-Portland).

Please join us in supporting open primaries to invite more citizens to vote and to help restore the people’s trust and confidence in a political process where all of their voices are heard.

Who's signing

Julia Smucker
eric turgeon
shawn yardley
Clare Payne
Triss Critchfield
Barbara Tague
Elisabeth Hoffman
Katherine Pope
Bill Bell
Ellen and Bill Dohmen
Edward Perrin
Greg Kimber
charles hamblen
Molly Weegar
John Lesko
Robert Stephens
Martha Briggs
Bob Knecht
Bruce Hauptli
Seth Braun
Paul Gregory
Tom Waddell
Bruce Littlefield
Stephen Bolduc
gina colombatto
art boulay boulay
Belinda Ray
Matthew Hochman Hochman
34 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Julia Smucker
    signed 2019-05-25 09:23:52 -0400
    Maine is leading the way on ranked choice voting, so why are we still among a shrinking minority of states that don’t allow independents to vote in the primaries?
  • eric turgeon
    signed 2019-05-16 08:14:50 -0400
  • shawn yardley
    signed 2019-05-14 14:35:50 -0400
  • Clare Payne
    signed 2019-05-13 22:37:42 -0400
  • Triss Critchfield
    signed 2019-05-13 19:19:47 -0400
  • Barbara Tague
    signed 2019-05-13 17:45:57 -0400
  • Elisabeth Hoffman
    signed 2019-05-13 17:23:49 -0400
  • Katherine Pope
    signed 2019-05-13 16:46:26 -0400
  • Bill Bell
    signed 2019-05-13 16:21:42 -0400
  • Ellen and Bill Dohmen
    signed 2019-05-13 15:07:29 -0400
  • Edward Perrin
    signed 2019-05-13 14:50:13 -0400
    The right to vote shouldn’t be determined by enrollment in a political party.
  • Greg Kimber
    signed 2019-05-13 13:46:18 -0400
  • charles hamblen
    signed 2019-05-13 13:24:20 -0400
  • Molly Weegar
    signed 2019-05-13 13:17:41 -0400
  • John Lesko
    signed 2019-05-13 13:11:00 -0400
  • Robert Stephens
    signed 2019-05-13 12:57:39 -0400
  • Martha Briggs
    signed 2019-05-13 12:56:21 -0400
  • Bob Knecht
    signed 2019-05-13 12:48:12 -0400
  • Bruce Hauptli
    signed 2019-04-25 17:49:41 -0400
  • Seth Braun
    signed 2019-04-19 18:18:41 -0400
  • Paul Gregory
    signed 2019-03-03 17:33:00 -0500
    Paul Gregory
  • Tom Waddell
    signed 2019-02-26 09:29:17 -0500
  • Bruce Littlefield
    signed 2019-02-20 14:44:16 -0500
  • Stephen Bolduc
    signed 2019-02-19 07:50:29 -0500
  • gina colombatto
    signed 2019-02-17 21:08:29 -0500
  • art boulay boulay
    signed 2019-02-14 08:18:43 -0500
    long overdue
  • Belinda Ray
    signed 2019-02-11 17:25:57 -0500
    Please list me as: Belinda Ray, City Councilor, Portland
  • Matthew Hochman Hochman
    signed 2019-02-11 10:07:59 -0500
    I am the Vice Chair of the Bar Harbor Town Council, I am also an unenrolled voter, This year more than any every voice needs to be heard, I fully support open primaries in Maine!