The board will consider a resolution Tuesday that would support a proposal to allow noncitizens like refugees or asylum seekers to vote in local elections.

 

 

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https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/06/portland-school-board-to-vote-on-support-for-noncitizen-voting/

The Maine People's Alliance released its annual legislative scorecard, highlighting votes taken by lawmakers in the second session of the 128th Legislature.

For the first time ever, the scorecard includes a second, separate "Will of the Voters" score which compiles votes from across the entire 128th legislative session to indicate whether legislators supported implementing referenda passed by voters and opposed legislation to weaken the citizen initiative process...

Representatives who received a 100% score this year:
... Rep. Ralph Chapman (G-Brooksville) ...
Senators and Representatives who received a 100% Will of the Voters score:
...Rep. Ralph Chapman (G-Brooksville)...

 

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https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/maine-people-s-alliance-launches-new-online-legislative-scorecard/105933

by in Electoral Reform

...Maine has an unaffiliated voter population of 34.95%, with Democrats following closely behind at 32.97% and Republicans making up 27.37% of total registered voters.

Interesting News: Maine’s independent voting population had one of the most historically significant impacts on electoral reform within the state. Maine is a closed primary state, which means voters have to be registered with a party to participate in elections that decide party nominations. However, for ballot measures in the 2018 primaries, independents were allowed to participate. Question 1 to protect ranked choice voting, a referendum that Maine voters already approved in 2016, won a decisive victory largely as a result of independent voters.

Interesting Fact: As of this writing there are currently 6 independents in the Maine State Legislature, and one member of the Green Party. Maine also has one of the nation’s only two independent US senators, Angus King...

 

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https://ivn.us/2018/08/08/9-states-registered-independents-outnumber-major-political-parties/

The city charter amendment would apply only to municipal elections and to residents who are in the country legally, but critics say the change would still violate state law.

 

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https://www.pressherald.com/2018/08/07/portland-school-board-endorses-allowing-non-citizens-who-are-here-legally-to-vote/

Portland city councilors decide to take more time to address concerns that extending voting rights to some non-citizens could put them at risk of being targeted.

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