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.