All Library locations will be closed on Mon May 28 in honor of Memorial Day. We will re-open for regular hours on Tues May 29, 2018. Looking for something to read or download? Explore our CloudLibrary or check out our resources under the eLibrary tab.
On June 12, voters will cast ballots in a statewide Special Referendum Election and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is reminding all Maine voters of an informational resource that can help them make an informed decision at the polls: the 2018 Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election.
The Citizen’s Guide is intended to provide as much information as possible so that voters have a convenient resource to educate themselves before casting their ballot. The Department of the Secretary of State, in collaboration with the attorney general, prepared the guide as an unbiased and non-partisan review of the People’s Veto question that voters will consider at the polls this June.
In the guide, voters can read the full text of the People’s Veto legislation, along with an analysis of its intent and content. Voters can also learn the impact of a yes or no vote. Election law also allows for citizen advocacy statements to be published supporting or opposing questions, which provides voters with those viewpoints to consider; one public comment was filed in support of this question and no public comments were filed in opposition.
The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has released its Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for the June 12 primary election. This is the League’s 11th Voter Guide and its first guide for primary elections. This guide covers the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor, federal races for the U.S. House of Representatives in Districts 1 and 2, and the U.S. Senate race. It also covers the special referendum election, open to all voters regardless of party affiliation, featuring one ballot question that will be decided by voters on June 12th.
The 2018 primary also marks the first time in our nation’s history that ranked choice voting will be used in a statewide primary election. Maine voters will use RCV to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and the Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representative race in Congressional District 2. (There is also an RCV primary in state legislative district 75, although that race is not covered in the statewide voter guide.)
Please join us for “Lawyers in Libraries” as part of the statewide celebration of “Law Week 2018”. Lawyers from the Maine Bar will be in the Library (Portland Public Library) to provide Mainers with an information session, answer to legal questions, offer legal advice and provide referrals to low cost or free legal services for their issues. In addition, some attendees will have the opportunity for a brief private consultation with the attorneys about personal legal matters.