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Maine: The State of Our Democracy

INTRODUCTION

This report examines and assesses the state of democracy in Maine along several dimensions using indicators based on publicly-available data, published reports, and research conducted by the League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME) and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE). We work together as Democracy Maine to protect and strengthen civic participation in our democratic institutions; we believe that a solid foundation of knowledge and measurable outcomes is necessary to crafting and sustaining the public policies that support an inclusive democracy. This is the second edition of this report, “State of Maine Democracy,” and it sets a baseline for our continuing efforts in advocacy and voter engagement.

WHO WE ARE

LWVME and MCCE are nonpartisan political organizations that encourage informed and active participation in government and seek to influence public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate. We joined forces in 2018 to strengthen our advocacy and education efforts. In collaboration as Democracy Maine, we work together and with other partners to make government more equitable, inclusive, and accessible by improving elections; informing, protecting, and engaging voters; and reducing the influence of private money in politics.

Voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed, and we are dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters have the opportunity to vote. We support measures that enhance the smooth conduct of elections and public confidence in election outcomes. And we work for election measures that increase political equity, voter participation, and representative outcomes. We are also deeply committed to reforming our nation’s campaign finance system to ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office, and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process. We have been actively engaged for several years on issues such as ranked choice voting, early voting, election security and integrity, automatic voter registration, the national popular vote, primary elections, and redistricting in Maine.

 

Maine: The State of Our Democracy

Published April 2021

After a tumultuous year in American politics, Democracy Maine releases the second edition of their report, State of Maine Democracy, that assesses the health of the state’s government and democracy. The first edition was released in April 2020, just after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Maine: The State of Our Democracy

Published April 2020

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the normal functioning of Maine’s government, with the early conclusion of the second session of the 129th legislature. Even in the midst of a crisis, our democracy remains vital. We hope that, as this crisis exposes weaknesses in our system, we can draw on our democracy’s many strengths to ensure every Mainer’s voice will be heard. Read the 2021 version here.