Posts tagged: Maine

Dec 11 2013

Maine Greens Lead The Way in Effort to End Corporate Personhood

Source: Maine Green Independent Party

Augusta, Maine – Members of the Maine Green Independent Party represented the majority of the six signers on the citizens initiative to order the Legislature to call on a Constitutional Convention, with the purpose to overturn the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision and end corporate personhood. Green Independents Jacqui Deveneau, Philip Read more »

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Nov 06 2013

Green Party Members Win Many Non-Partisan Elections

Source: Ballot Access News

On November 5, 2013, Green Party members won these non-partisan elections: Anna Trevorrow to the Portland, Maine, School Board; Josh Plourde to the Bangor, Maine, city council; Cam Gordon to the Minneapolis city council; and Brian Cummins to the Cleveland, Ohio, city council. Also, Green Party members won 16 non-partisan local races in Read more »

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Apr 10 2013

Maine Supreme Court Again Hears Procedural Arguments on Whether Ralph Nader is Entitled to a Trial Over Democratic Tactics in 2004

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 10, the Maine Supreme Court again heard oral arguments in Nader v The Maine Democratic Party, Wash-10-678. Here is an article about the arguments. The issue is still whether or not Ralph Nader is entitled to a trial in his case against the Democratic Party and its allies for its behavior in 2004, trying to keep him off the ballot in as many states as possible. Here is another article. Read more »

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Mar 02 2013

Maine Bill for Ranked-Choice Voting Finally Introduced

Source: Ballot Access News

The Maine bill that would provide for Ranked-Choice Voting for statewide races, both federal and state, is now introduced and is LD 518. Thanks to Rob Richie for this news.

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Jan 31 2013

Maine Will Convert all Americans Elect Registrants to Independent Voters

Source: Ballot Access News

See this story about the legal status of Americans Elect in Maine. Soon, the Maine Secretary of State will be notifying all Americans Elect registrants that their party did not retain its spot on the ballot. These voters will be given a chance to re-register, but those who don’t respond will automatically be converted to independent voters. Americans Elect only had 58 registered members as of November 2012. Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

Two Massachusetts Ballot Access Bills to be Introduced on January 28

Source: Ballot Access News

On January 28, Massachusetts Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) will introduce two bills to improve ballot access. One lowers the number of signatures for candidates for federal and state office, by cutting the current requirements in half. That bill affects candidates seeking a place on a partisan primary ballot, or candidates petitioning directly onto the general election ballot. The statewide petition requirement for the more important statewide offices (U.S. Senator, Governor) would fall from 10,000 Read more »

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Jan 25 2013

David Rea Op-Ed Explains Why Maine Should Try Ranked-Choice or Preference Voting

Source: Ballot Access News

David Rea has this op-ed in the Auburn, Maine Sun Journal, advocating that the Maine legislature pass the pending bills that would use Ranked-Choice Voting. Rea is an educator and author in Boulder, Colorado. He actually argues for any form of multi-choice voting, which could include preference voting as well as Ranked-Choice voting. Thanks to Steve Chessin for the link.

Also, here is a somewhat similar op-ed in The Daily Campus, the student publication at the University Read more »

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Jan 22 2013

Maine Governor Meets with the Independent Legislative Caucus

Source: Ballot Access News

This article describes a meeting that Maine Governor Paul LePage held with the three independent members of the Maine legislature who do not caucus with either major party. Although the thrust of the article is that the meeting did not go very cordially, a more important point is that the Governor at least met with the independents. Also it is significant that three of the four independents in the Maine legislature have their own caucus, and do not caucus with either major party. Thanks to Thomas Read more »

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Jan 21 2013

Member of Republican National Commitee Threatened with Removal Because He Was Listed as the Vice-Presidential Choice of Some Presidential Elector Candidates

Source: Ballot Access News

In November 2012, individuals in both Maine and California filed paperwork to make sure that write-ins for Ron Paul for President would be counted. Both states let a group of presidential elector candidates file as declared write-ins, and neither state requires permission from either the presidential candidate or the vice-presidential candidate that these electors are pledged to. Maine tallied 2,035 Ron Paul write-ins, which, of course, technically were in favor of the group of presidential elector candidates Read more »

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Jan 21 2013

New Maine Registration Tally

Source: Ballot Access News

Earlier this month, Maine’s Secretary of State released a new registration tally, as of November 6, 2012. When compared with the previous tally (from June 2012) the new tally shows that the two minor parties tallied by the state grew at a faster rate than any other type of voters.

The June 2012 tally showed: independents 337,535 (36.46%), Democrats 297,445 (32.13%), Republicans 258,463 (27.92%), Greens 32,315 (3.49%), American Elect 58 (.006%). Read more »

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