Sara Gideon’s Senate Race in Maine
Sara Gideon has a clear path to victory in Maine with rising poll numbers and support from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. Maine has shown strong, increasing support for Democratic candidates, and Gideon’s opponent has been slipping dramatically.
How many renters are probably unregistered in Maine? According to the US Census, there are 1,344,000 citizens in Maine, and about a million of those are over 18 and eligible to vote. Since about 22% of the population in Maine are renters, that means over 200,000 eligible voters are renters. Past census figures have shown only 50% of renters are registered, so about 100,000 unregistered renters live in Maine in 2020.
Why should I start a RegiterRenters.org program today? There is very little time to register voters. According to the 538.com website, if you register by mail or online, it is necessary to register by October 13 to request an absentee ballot, although the Maine Secretary of State website is unclear on that. However, Maine does have “same day” voter registration, which means you can register in person at the County Clerk’s office or at the polls up to November 3, election day, and presumably receive an absentee ballot, vote it, and then turn it in. If you want to see the full details on the RegisterRenters.org program, click here. However, the following is more information about voter registration in Maine that you might find useful, especially if you have social media resources. If you want to get lots of people started right now, please embed the link to this page in your Facebook page, a Twitter, an Instagram post or any other favorite media. Or you can simply use the social sharing posts on this webpage.
Can renters register online in Maine? The process in Maine is relatively easy. The fastest way to register is to go to the Maine Secretary of State voter registration website. However, up to 20% of homes in Maine may not have web connections, and this probably applies to many of the unregistered voters who are renters.
Mail in ballots in Arizona?
Q. Given COVID19, can Maine citizens request a mail in, or “absentee”, ballot online in Maine?
A. Yes, it is easy. The deadline is three days before election day for an eligible voter who is already registered. But presumably he or she must be registered vote in the county in which the request is made, and would also need to have an accurate current address, so an address change might be necessary. You can get details if you click here.
Should I start an official VRD (voter registration drive)? There are some differences between RegisterRenters and a regulated VRD. You can get the RegisterRenters Handbook and see how we operate by clicking here. Well funded campaigns may prefer to use volunteers or hire solicitors, where legal, and train them to help voters complete an official voter registration form, which some states permit the solicitor to retain and deliver to the official voter registration site. This enables the solicitor to be paid for each registration, where this is legal. It also enables the campaign to make a photocopy of the voter’s registration form, where this is legal. However, most official voter registration drives rely on person-to-person contact—difficult with Covid19. They also usually mandate significant training, and involve substantial fines for any failures, including failure to deliver every voter registration form on time. In all, the cost per registration might be at least $10, all in, or $69 in the official Florida drive, while RegisterRenters is usually less than a dollar per vote for materials. The link to the most current guidelines for official Voter Registration Drives can be found at: Rules for Voter Registration Drives.
Where are the main concentrations of unregistered voters in Maine?
The Portland-Lewiston Metropolitan area is the largest urban center in Maine with a population of 646,000 in Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc and Androscoggin Counties, while Penobscot County (Bangor) has 152,000 and Kennebec County has 122,000. These population centers may have the larger renter populations, although, in Maine, the smaller cities cannot be ignored.
RegisterRenters.org began with a very successful focus on local campaigns for legislative candidates in Colorado. Since starting in 2004, we have helped win, sustain and increase majorities in both Colorado houses, even though our efforts have been declining as the ColoradoHouseMajorityProject.org has become stronger, the SenateMajorityProject has become successful, and we have elected a very progressive Governor.
If you support RegisterRenters.org or similar organizations on the local level, you will see your rural areas increasingly represented by caring, progressive candidates and office holders in your legislatures, your counties, cities and school districts. But it takes time and commitment. We can only hope we have the time.
How can you learn more about Sara Gideon, your Senate candidate? Candidate recruitment is the most important element of politics. If we had more candidates like Sara Gideon, we would certainly have a better country. You can find her site here: www.saragideon.com
By clicking on the site, you can learn about her positions, her past, and how you can help.
If you or your friends visit the site, we encourage you contribute, as we have on an individual basis. While we have supported other candidates, we certainly hope that small donor contributions will eventually replace special interest funding. The more individuals support campaigns, the less our officials will need to defer to special interests and spend time making fundraising phone calls.