Commission to study conduct of elections in Maine

Posted Nov. 13, 2012, at 9:16 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Science Building, Rm. 102, at the University of Maine at Machias, Machias, Maine

For more information: maine.gov/sos/

MACHIAS, Maine  — The Honorable John Atwood, chairman of the Commission to Study the Conduct of Elections in Maine, announced that the group will holding a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14,  in the Science Building, Rm. 102, at the University of Maine at Machias. 
In 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 Maine; the intent being that the 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 has been holding public hearings throughout the state in order to better understand how Mainers view the state’s voting process and what their concerns are, as well as what they feel may need to be changed or modified.
Commission members are former Superior Court Justice, John Atwood; attorney and former mayor of the of Bangor, Larry Willey; special adviser to Seeds of Peace and director of its Maine Seeds Program, Tim Wilson; former city clerk for Portland and South Portland, Linda Cohen; and former United States Attorney, Paula Silsby.
The amount of time available for individual testimony will be limited in order to accommodate as many speakers as possible.  Written testimony is welcomed.
To access a list of all scheduled public hearings and instructions on joining the discussions via Webinar, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.maine.gov/sos/.