This November, Mainers are taking back our democracy! By voting YES on Question #1 Mainers can reform campaign finance limits, increase fines and penalties for those who break election rules, and strengthen Maine’s transparency and disclosure laws.
Already, more than 80,000 Mainers have stood up for a better democracy and put Question #1 on the ballot. Together, we’re pushing back against the influence that the ultra wealthy and special interests have in our political system. We can win reforms to Maine’s state elections rules and keep big money out of politics – but we need you with us.
- Q. #1 will hold elected officials — and the outside interests that play in our politics — accountable by increasing fines and penalties for those who break election rules.
- Q. #1 will increase transparency and disclosure by requiring political ads trying to influence our elections to list their top three funders.
- Q. #1 will ensure that everyone — not just the super-rich — is represented in our democracy by restoring public campaign finance elements of Maine’s Clean Election Act so candidates can run for office without having to depend on special interests to fund their campaigns.
Friends of the Earth is joining the grassroots citizens coalition Mainers for Accountable Elections along with organizations from across the state to add the voice of the environmental community to the chorus pushing back against the influence that the ultra wealthy and special interests have in our political system. We are excited to add the voice of environmental community to the chorus of citizens pushing back against the uneven influence that the ultra wealthy and special interests have in our political system.
By pledging to vote Yes on Question #1, you are helping to strengthen elections and reclaim our democracy. Together, we’ll ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and not drowned out by the powerful anti-environment special interests.
Tips before you vote
Here are some simple tips to make sure your vote counts:
- Click HERE to check where your local polling station is.
- Click HERE to learn more about your voting rights and obligations at the polling station.
- Not registered to vote yet? Don’t worry, Maine has same-day voter registration that will allow you to vote. Please note that same day voter registration requires that you have valid ID and proof of residency in Maine with you.
- Take a photo ID with you, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Registered voters who appear at a polling station are not required to show proof of identification in Maine.
- Make a plan WHEN you are going to vote. Vote early if you can, since polling stations are busiest before and after normal business hours, so plan accordingly.
- Decide HOW you are going to get to the polling station. Help others vote by car polling with friends and family.
The Maine “Clean Elections” Initiative, Question 1 is on the November 3, 2015 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute.
Voters will be asked, “Do you want to change Maine law to allow publicly financed state candidates to qualify for additional funds under certain limits and rules in the Maine Clean Election Act, to improve the disclosure of who pays for political ads, and to increase penalties for violations of campaign finance law?”