By Jill Ward, President of LWVME
Well, here we are — into the final week of this historic campaign!
But we haven’t won yet. And when it comes right down to it, what we need more than anything is for Mainers to get out there and vote!
Question 1, the first statewide, citizen-driven initiative of its kind since the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, will put control of elections back in the hands of Mainers by reducing the power of big money. It will increase accountability and transparency. Best of all, it will revitalize Maine’s landmark public campaign financing system.
There has been plenty of support from across the state and the political spectrum. Question 1 has been endorsed by Democrats, Republicans, Greens and independents who want to hold elected officials accountable and keep control of elections in the hands of the voters.
Here are some of our favorites:
- Sherry Huber, former member of the Maine House of Representatives and the first woman to run in the Republican Party for governor of Maine, had this to say, “There certainly is no silver bullet to fixing our campaign finance system. But Question 1 is a comprehensive approach to campaign finance reform that makes huge progress in disclosing where the big money in our elections is coming from and helps restore the voice of the people in our democracy.”
- Shenna Bellows, former head of the ACLU and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, said “Question 1 isn’t just a fight to save the Maine Clean Election Act or watch it die; it’s a fight to strengthen democracy of, by and for the people.”
- S. Senator Angus King and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell have both endorsed Yes on 1.
- George Smith, former head of the Maine Sportsman Alliance has encouraged Mainers to vote Yes on 1.
We have also gotten national attention from Paul Blumenthal at the Huffington Post as a leader on campaign finance reform: Maine Voters Hope To Restore Their Revolutionary Election System
In these last critical days of the campaign, getting our supporters to the polls will be absolutely critical. Your vote is so important. Can you bring a friend to the polls with you? How about four or five friends? Or better yet, join one of the phone banks going on around the state to mobilize our supporters and get them to the polls.
Now is the time for all Mainers to stand together in support of our Clean Elections system.
Join us in voting Yes on 1 and in doing what you can to make sure this landmark campaign is successful on November 3rd! See you at the polls!