Your Vote 2016

Thank you to our Your Vote 2016 sponsors: MEMIC, Lambert Coffin and the Colby Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civil Engagement.



Additional Coverage:

Archive resources:

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a big mistake during Wednesday's debate when he suggested he may not accept the results of the election if he loses. The governor, who endorsed Trump earlier this year, told Portland radio station WGAN that he agrees with the real estate mogul and TV personality that the election is rigged, but he should take his lumps if he loses.

YARMOUTH, Maine - Residents in the Maine town of Yarmouth are set to vote next month on a proposed ordinance that would limit where sex offenders can live.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the ordinance would prevent registered sex offenders convicted of felony crimes against anyone younger than 14 from living within 750 feet of elementary, middle or secondary schools.

Offenders who established residency near a school prior to the ordinance would be exempt.

Debate: Ballot Question 4

Oct 20, 2016

YOUR VOTE 2016 - BALLOT QUESTION 4 - We host a debate on Ballot Question 4 - an act to raise the minimum wage (live from our Lewiston studio)


Representing No on Question 4 - Greg Dugal, Executive Director of Maine Restaurant Association & Maine Innkeepers

Representing Yes on Question 4 - Mike Tipping, communications director for Mainers for Fair Wages

The Associated Press

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NPR's politics team is live annotating the debate.

Maine town and city clerks are not happy with all of the talk by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Maine governor Paul LePage about rigged elections.

Clerks spend a lot of time being trained to conduct elections and they take pride in their work. Lisa Goodwin, Bangor City Clerk and President of the more than 700 member Maine Town and City Clerks Association says it’s insulting to local election officials to have their integrity challenged.

BANGOR, Maine - A group of small businesses owners launched a campaign Wednesday in support of an increased minimum wage, through a series of television ads.

Audio from television ad: "It was important that we paid a living wage because nobody should work full time and have to live in poverty."

That's from an ad featuring business owners Adam Baril and Tony Giambro, who run an auto repair shop in western Maine. Also featured is Michael Landgarten, who owns a clam shack and two other eateries in southern Maine. 

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Watch the debate between incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R) and Emily Cain (D); moderated by Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks.

It’s that time of year again, when Maine voters who serve in the military, who are living overseas or who just want the convenience of voting early can request an absentee ballot. This year requests for absentee ballots are on pace to top the number in the presidential contest of four years ago and according to reports, more Democrats are requesting them than Republicans.

PORTLAND, Maine - Elected officials from Portland, Lewiston, Westbrook and North Berwick held a press conference today in support of Ballot Question 2.

The question would add a 3 percent tax surcharge on incomes higher than $200,000 a year. That money would go to fund public k-through-12 education in the state.

Among the measure's supporters is Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling.

Courtesy Rick Steves

PORTLAND, Maine - Travel writer and public television host Rick Steves has been in Maine the last couple of days to lend his support to the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. 

Steves has donated $100,000 to the campaign in an effort to pass Question 1 on the November ballot.  He says he sees Question 1 as a common sense way to legalize, tax and regulate a relatively benign drug, despite the concerns raised by the opposition.

Debate: Ballot Question 3

Oct 18, 2016
People handling guns at a gun show

YOUR VOTE 2016 - BALLOT QUESTION 3 - We host a debate on Ballot Question 3 - An act to require background checks for gun sales (live from our Lewiston studio).


Representing No on Question 3 - David Trahan, Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine 

Representing Yes on Question 3 - Bobby Reynolds, Deputy Campaign Manager of Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership

Spending in a Maine congressional race that was already shattering records edged higher today after Hillary Clinton’s coordinated campaign said it would boost efforts here to elect Clinton, along with Democratic 2nd congressional candidate Emily Cain.

Evan Vucci / The Associated Press

Election officials across the country are pushing back against Donald Trump’s assertions that the presidential election may be rigged. Maine’s top election official says elections in Maine have too many safeguards to make that possible.

OAKLAND, Maine - Democratic congressional candidate Emily Cain has gained on U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in recent months in the 2nd Congressional District fundraising race.

The Morning Sentinel reports that Cain is less than $300,000 behind Poliquin in terms of the total money raised during the current election cycle.

Poliquin has raised just over $3 million while Cain has raised $2.7 million. Cain raised $1.1 million in the third quarter while Poliquin raised about $500,000.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

HERMON, Maine - Brenda Garrand, Sam Surprise and Irwin Gratz usually gather to talk about political advertising - how it looks and sounds, the strategies that may lie behind it.