VOTING RIGHTS & ELECTIONS
Here are our Calls to Action, Guides, and Explainers on elections and voting rights. Interested in helping us track legislation and policy on this topic at the state or federal level? Take action with us.
The Legislature will wrap up final votes and budget processes THIS WEEK and several of our priority bills will receive final votes, including legislation to restore self-governance to Wabanaki tribes in Maine and a bill to help reduce sexual assault on Maine’s college campuses. QUICK ACTION: Learn about these bills and find out how to support them!
Latest news: The For the People Act gets a vote in the Senate. And while other states have passed strict voter suppression laws, Maine is passing bills to make voting easier and more secure. We have more on that and a run-down of the latest legislative victories. Read SUM’s latest newsletter to get caught up on our current actions!
This election season was unlike any the country has seen. Despite a global pandemic, more Americans cast ballots this year than ever before and there is much good news to report from the polls. We’ve captured some of the brightest victories in our Victories & Good News Roundup.
Flipping Maine’s Senate seat would have helped break McConnell’s log jam of obstructionism. Now that work falls to Susan Collins.
Everything we’ve done for the past three years comes down to Tuesday. We’re ready, and with this guide, you will be, too. Learn who’s on the ballot, review incumbents’ voting records, volunteer to help turn out the vote, and find information on voter registration.
Mainers have voting questions. We have answers. This FAQ guide was created by and for Maine’s 2020 voters, with answers informed by Maine’s Secretary of State. Get all the information you need to cast your ballot safely and securely in the 2020 election.
After promising to only serve two terms, Sen. Susan Collins is now running for her fifth. That’s not the only promise she’s broken. Use this resource to look beyond the flashy ads and examine Collins’ increasingly partisan record on important issues for yourself.
Learn about Collins’ support for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Cony Barrett, her role in the current USPS crisis, her opposition to extending additional $600 in unemployed insurance to laid-off workers, and more.
Trump admitted that he is sabotaging the U.S. Postal Service in order to suppress the vote.
QUICK ACTION: Learn how we got here, how Susan Collins laid the groundwork for this crisis, and what you can do to help protect our mail service and our votes.
We’re tracking the most concerning nominees to lifetime judicial appointments, in partnership with other progressive groups. Justin Walker, a nominee to the DC Court of Appeals, opposes the ACA, unions, and civil rights and is the latest in a long line of extremist, unqualified nominees.
QUICK ACTION: Learn more about Walker’s extremist record and tell Collins and King to vote NO on his confirmation.
Democrats flipped the U.S. House of Representatives and broke Republican strangleholds at the all-important state level, where redistricting decisions are made, not to mention countless laws that affect everyday life. These state and national Blue Wave wins are due in large part to the efforts of thousands of citizen activists who ran for office, worked on campaigns, educated voters, knocked on doors, made phone calls, sent postcards, and got out the vote for candidates who support a progressive agenda.