Your Vote 2018


Gubernatorial candidate Mary Mayhew speaks at the Republican Convention, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Augusta, Maine
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine politics might have a very different look today if a tight 1990 congressional race had ended differently. But then-U.S. Rep. Olympia Snowe kept her seat, and the manager of the near-miss Democratic campaign is now a prominent Republican.

Fewer than 5,000 votes separated Snowe, a moderate Republican, and Pat McGowan, an insurgent Democrat, in that 2nd Congressional District race nearly 28 years ago. His 25-year-old campaign manager, Mary Mayhew, has come a long way since then.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

The seven Democratic candidates vying to replace Gov. Paul LePage next year made their case Saturday to the party faithful during a heavily attended Democratic state convention.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Democrats are in Lewiston this weekend for a state convention that the party hopes will energize activists for the upcoming elections. 

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

Eleven candidates are vying for the major party gubernatorial nominations. Four more are running for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. But those numbers have yet to lead to saturation broadcast advertising.

“Morning Edition” host Irwin Gratz talks with Sam Surprise of Surprise Advertising and Brenda Garrand, a founder of Garrand Mohlenkamp. Both have years of experience in crafting political advertising and devising ad strategies.

For disclosure, Brenda Garrand is a board member of Maine Public.

Toby Talbot / Associated Press

Maine voters in next month’s state primary will be the first to use ranked-choice voting for state elections. Election experts say many voters don’t understand how the system works, but they’re hopeful voter education programs now running can help clear up any confusion.

Patty Wight / Maine Public/file

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is reminding voters who are enrolled in one of the four political parties, and who want to change their affiliation in time for the June 12 primaries, to do so soon. 

Dunlap says most municipalities will require party-enrolled voters who want to change their affiliation to do so by May 25.

That deadline does not affect voters who are not enrolled in one of the parties because Maine allows unenrolled voters to sign-up for any of the parties at any time, including Election Day.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The polarization of American politics has made its mark in all corners of our society, including schools. In an effort to teach high school students how to engage in civil discourse, and to find common ground on important issues, the organizers of a new project in southern Maine brought together 29 students with diverse backgrounds and points of view.   

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has reaffirmed a lower court’s decision that invalidated the candidacy of Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Max Linn.

Linn, a financial planner who lives in Bar Harbor, had appealed a ruling by Kennebec Superior Court Judge William Stokes, who found that the secretary of state acted appropriately when he invalidated a number of signature petitions submitted by Linn’s campaign.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public/file

Democratic congressional candidate Jared Golden says rival candidate Lucas St. Clair should tell the secretive group running ads on his behalf to disclose its donors.

St. Clair's campaign has said it doesn't know who's behind the Maine Outdoor Alliance, which has booked over $300,000 of television ad time to run spots that feature St. Clair's work to create the Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

But Golden says St. Clair can persuade the group to reveal its funders because incorporation documents show the group is run by the best man at his wedding.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

It is campaign ad season once again, and in Maine’s Second Congressional District a new, secretive group appears to be attempting to tilt the three-way democratic contest in favor of one of the candidates – Lucas St. Clair.

Democratic candidate for governor Adam Cote and Republican candidate Shawn Moody continue to lead their respective primary opponents in campaign cash, but two candidates utilizing Maine’s public financing system are also in a strong position heading into the final 40 days before the June 12 election.

Max Linn Campaign

A Superior Court Judge has upheld the Secretary of State’s decision to invalidate more ballot petition signatures for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn.

The ruling leaves Linn ten signatures short of the 2,000 he needs to qualify for the ballot.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

For the first time, the Penobscot Nation has hosted a political forum featuring candidates for governor. About 150 people from the Penobscot Nation, as well as members of the surrounding communities came to Wednesday night's forum on Indian Island.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn of Bar Harbor should not qualify for the June primary ballot.

A judge has ordered Maine's secretary of state to reopen a probe into Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn's petition to be on the ballot.

The judge told Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Friday to accept new evidence from the campaign of Eric Brakey of Auburn, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate.

Both candidates are seeking to challenge incumbent independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. Democrat Zak Ringelstein has also entered the race.