Deadline for feedback on Maine's voting process is Dec. 14

Dec 03, 2012

Augusta — John Atwood, chairman of the Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections in Maine, announced that the group has set a deadline of Friday, Dec. 14 for accepting written testimony from Mainers, regarding their feedback on the state’s current voting process.

This past May, Secretary of State Charles E. Summers Jr. appointed a Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections in Maine, in accordance with Resolve, Chapter 133 (enacted by the 125th Maine State Legislature). He tasked the commission with conducting a study of voter participation, the system governing voter registration and the conduct of elections in the state.The intent being that their findings, as well as any recommended legislation, would be reported to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs of the 126th Legislature. The group held eight public hearings to better understand how Mainers view the state’s voting process. Hearings were conducted in Augusta, Portland, Bangor, Farmington, Lewiston, Wells, Machias and Presque Isle.

To submit written testimony to the commission, send it to Melissa Couture at the Office of the Secretary of State, 148 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0148 or email it to or fax it to 287-8598.

Commission Members include former Superior Court Justice John Atwood; attorney and former Mayor of the City of Bangor Larry Willey; Special Advisor to Seeds of Peace and Director of its Maine Seeds Program Tim Wilson; former City Clerk for both Portland and South Portland Linda Cohen; and former United States Attorney Paula Silsby.

For more information, please contact the commission’s staff assistant, Melissa Couture at 626-8400.

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