It was a straight party line vote as the members of The Legislative Council dispatched with Representative Heidi Sampson's Non-Partisan Election Integrity Bill.
See who would not like transparency in our elections:
Senate District 1
House District 40
Senate District 24
Senate District 23
House District 108
House District 94
See who would like to protect the vote for ALL citizen voters of Maine by approving transparency in our elections:
House District 12
Senate District 2
Senate District 19
House District 104
Representative Heidi Sampson has delivered a (non-partisan) proposed Fair and Transparent Elections bill to the Office of the Revisor of Statutes where they will draft a summary to present to the Legislative Council. This is the first step of getting a bill into law. From there the Legislative Council can approve or reject it.
On Feb. 22nd Rep. Sampson will go before the Council to present her case and explain why this bill should go forward. If the Legislative Council approves the proposed bill it will then be assigned to a Committee where it would receive a public hearing. Listen to the clips below to hear more of the process.
In the meantime, please contact members of the Legislative Council and politely request that they approve this bill. If you have a factual story of an election concern, please include that in your letter.
See the short video clips of Dr. Naomi Wolf and Rep. Sampson explaining this bill and listen to the WVOM Rewind from Feb. 15.
(Scroll to end - YouTube Channel Link to watch the proceedings – Feb 22, 2024 is next meeting)
Legislative Council Members:
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Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) President of the Senate Troy.Jackson@legislature.maine.gov
Matthea Daughtry (D – Cumberland) Matthea.Daughtry@legislature.maine.gov
Eloise Vitelli (D-Sagadahoc) Eloise.Vitelli@legislature.maine.gov
Trey Stewart (R-Aroostook) Trey.Stewart@legislature.maine.gov
Lisa Keim (R-Oxford) Lisa.Keim@legislature.maine.gov
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Rachel Talbot-Ross (D-Portland) Speaker of the House Rachel.TalbotRoss@legislature.maine.gov
Maureen Terry (D-Gorham) Maureen.Terry@legislature.maine.gov
Kristin Cloutier (D-Lewiston) Kristen.Cloutier@legislature.maine.gov
Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) William.Faulkingham@legislature.maine.gov
Amy Arata (R- New Gloucester) Amy.Arata@legislature.maine.gov
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An Election Integrity Bill would be assigned to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.