To help brief the charter commission and the public about the Clean Elections policy options, we are joining with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections to hold a webinar featuring national experts and administrators from the states and cities that currently use Clean Elections.
FEP Spring Open Meeting
Wednesday, March 31
The City Council has approved the appointment of three members to serve on the Charter Commission. The remaining nine positions will be filled by Portland voters in a special election on June 8th. There are five district positions and four at-large positions that represent the whole city. We will use ranked choice voting to elect the commissioners. Learn more about the upcoming election here.
It may be hard to believe, but the June 8th election will be here before you know it. Now is the time to talk about plans for this election, the Charter Commission, and other future projects. We're excited to host a spring meeting next week, and we invite everyone (new or old volunteers) to join the discussion.
Local Public Funding
Wednesday, March 10
Fair Elections Portland is working to establish a public funding system for school board, city council, and mayoral candidates, stemming the tide of big money’s influence and enabling more candidates to run competitive races.
What would clean elections look like in Portland? This webinar will cover the different approaches to policy, what has been done in other cities, and what would work in Portland.
February 18 at 6:00 PM
Join the team from Fair Elections Portland to go over the recent oral arguments made about their case challenging the City of Portland’s 2019 decision to block their charter amendment proposal from the ballot. (The Court is likely to rule in the next few months.) We'll talk about what this means going forward for public funding in Portland, the implications for citizen initiatives, and direct democracy across Maine.