We’ve got so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!
YES on 1 passed, strengthening our landmark, first-in-the-nation Clean Elections system and bringing more transparency and accountability to Maine elections.
On November 18, the Secretary of State announced that Ranked Choice Voting is certified for the ballot in 2016. This measure would be another landmark, making Maine the first state in the nation to use ranked choice voting in statewide elections.
We live in a state that enjoys among the highest voter turnout in the country and the lowest barriers to voting. This is thanks in part to the League’s all-volunteer Lobby Corps and our continuing advocacy in the Statehouse for voting rights and laws that encourage voter participation.
In addition to the League’s successful advocacy work, the LWVME Education Fund has continued its strong tradition of voter education and voter service activities across the state. We registered more than 400 hundred voters through National Voter Registration Day events in September and US Citizenship ceremonies throughout the year.
In October, we released two nonpartisan Easy-to-Read Voter Guides. This year’s guides helped Portland voters make informed decisions on the mayoral race, and all Maine voters got the facts on the statewide ballot questions.
In an increasingly polarized political climate, the League remains a uniquely trusted, nonpartisan voice, actively working to promote and protect voting rights and to studying and disseminating information on critical public policy issues.
Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for. Reflecting on the many blessings that this year has bestowed, we are thankful for good coalition partners at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting.
We are thankful for the best, most dedicated colleagues who have linked arms with us in this so-important work. But most of all, we’re thankful for you, our members and supporters. You are the heart and soul of the League of Women Voters.
When the call goes out for leadership, expertise, volunteers, or donations, League members show up. Whether it’s successful advocacy for political equality or voter service and education, members of the League of Women Voters have been there every step of the way working for greater political equality and a stronger democracy.
So this Thanksgiving, we heartily give thanks for your continued support of the League of Women Voters of Maine. We have accomplished some truly remarkable things this year, and your continued support will ensure our success with the exciting work that lies ahead.
Remember LWVME on Giving Tuesday!
There’s a new (recent) tradition: the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is now called “Giving Tuesday.” This year it is December 1. This day is intended to be a day where we unite for the common purpose to celebrate generosity and to give for the holidays and more.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and on Giving Tuesday next week, please consider the League of Women Voters!