Protect Maine Voter Rights Open Thread

Posted on July 8, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

It occurs to me this morning that while there is a lot of buzz and conversations via social media regarding the Protect Maine Voter Rights petition gathering events scheduled for kickoff today and tomorrow, there is not one single place where the various info is being gathered.To that end, I am creating an open thread post which will be updated as information becomes available. If you would like to have your info added, please either leave a comment here or connect via my Andi Parkinson’s Facebook account.
Thanks!

Rules of petition signature gathering HERE.

Locations/Times/Events

 

  • (Androscoggin County) Maine People’s Alliance, 145 Lisbon Street Ste 200, Lewiston
    Saturday July 9th – 9am
    Regional Organizer: Genevieve Lysen – gen@mainepeoplesalliance.org, 240-6781
    Deputy Regional Organizer: Doug Kempner – dkempner@bates.edu, 689-1744 
  • (Aroostook County) TBA(NOTE: Troy Haines of Aroostook County Dems has told me that the list is still being compiled, but the expects there will be canvassing at next weekend’s Potato Blossom Festival in Ft Fairfield.)

     

  • (Cumberland County) Maine People’s Alliance, 565 Congress Street, Ste 200 Portland
    Saturday, July 9  – 9am
    Regional Organizer: Jennie Pirkl – jennie@mainepeoplesalliance.org, 671-2490 
  • (Franklin County)Anne Geller’s house, 108 Orchard St. Farmington
    Saturday July 9th – 10am 
  • (Hancock County) Maine People’s Alliance, 192 Main Street (Second Floor), Ellsworth
    Friday, July 8th – 5pm
    Regional Organizer: Heather Martin- heather@instigus.com,460-1587 
  • (Kennebec County) Maine Women’s Lobby, 124 Sewell St, Augusta
    Saturday July 9th  –  10am
    Regional Organizer: Nicole Brown – nicole@opportunitymaine.org, 659-6199 
  • (Kennebec County) MoveOn members in the Augusta area can get forms and instructions while making signs for Old Hallowell Days…. check at MoveOn.com. 
  • (Knox County)  Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main Street, Thomaston
    2pm, Saturday July 9
    Contact: Bonnie Post, bonniepost@earthlink.net or 594-9263.
    Kickoff, pep rally, and signature gathering. 
  • (Lincoln County)
    Launch Saturday, July 9,  Rising Tide Supermarket, Main Street, Damariscotta, 11 AM – 6:30 PM.
    Petitions available for signature everyday at Rising Tide, 11 AM-1PM and 4:30 to 6:30 PM.
    Petitions available for signature at LCDC Monthly meeting, Boothbay Railway Village, Rte 27, Boothbay, Monday, July 11, 6 – 9 PM.County coordinator: Val Johnson, valariesmithjohnson@gmail.com, 632-8355

    Town coordinators:
    Damariscotta:  Dean Curran, deancurran@yahoo.com, 380-5103

    Bristol:  John Fitzpatrick, johl@tidewater.net, 677-2397

    South Bristol:  Helen Marsh, hmarsh@tidewater.net, 563-6186

    Newcastle and Monhegan:  Mick Devin, mdevin@maine.edu, 563-3132

    Waldoboro:  Sandie O’Farrell, sandieofarrell@gmail.com, 542-9380

    Bremen:  Wendy Pieh, wpieh@lincoln.midcoast.com

    Boothbay:  Sandra Rumery, jrumery@roadrunner.com, 633-2550

    Boothbay Harbor:  Jerry Topinka, bigtoe@midmaine.com, 633-0519

    Edgecomb:  Jo Cameron, jocam@tidewater.net, 633-2978

    Somerville:  Chris Johnson, chris@dirigo.net, 632-6066

    Nobleboro:  Emma Stephenson, Emma.Smith.Stephenson@gmail.com, 563-1886

    Jefferson:  Tom Eichler, 882-7060, teeichler@gamil.com

     

  • (Oxford County)Norway Arts Festival
    Main Street, Norway
    Friday July 8th and Saturday July 9th 
  • (Oxford County) Launch throughout the day on Friday as petitions are distributed to our regional captains, and at the Street Dance on Friday night in Norway and the Art Fair in Norway on Saturday. We’d like to make 1/4 of our goal by Monday. Live in Oxford Co? Want to help? Message Cathy Newell. 
  • (Penobscot County) 20 Ivers St, Brewer
    Saturday, July 9th  –  9am
    Regional Organizer: Ryan Tipping-Spitz – ryan@mainepeoplesalliance.org 356-6997 
  • BangorContact Ryan Tipping-Spitz
    (cell: 356-6997) or stop by the MPA office at 27 State St #44 in Bangor during the week. 
  • (Piscataquis County) 
  • (Sagadahoc County) Bath Waterfront Park on Commercial St.
    Saturday July 9-  9am
    Dems have a table for signatures and petition distribution.
    Contact: Bronwen Tudor email pbt3413@gmail.com; phone 371-9980 
  • (Sagadahoc County) Bath Farmers Market
    Saturday, July 9th, morning 
  • (Somerset County) 
  • (Waldo County) Diane Messer: I’ll be covering the Belfast Farmers Mkt on Fri morning. 
  • (Waldo County) Belfast Co-op
    Saturday, July 9 · 9:00am – 12:00pm
    We will petition there, at Arts In The Park and at the Lincolnville Strawberry Festival. If you can pitch in, or if you need to pick up petitions to take to your town, please come join us. 
  • (Waldo County) TBD
    Saturday July 9th  – TBD
    Regional Organizer: Heather Martin- heather@instigus.com, 460-1587 
  • (Washington County) 
  • (York County) Outside of Alfred Parrish Church, 8 Old Kennebunk Road, Alfred
    Saturday, July 9 – 11am
    Regional Organizer: Dan Ankeles – dankeles@gmail.com, 756-3793 
  • Kennebunk
    Tomorrow, Kennebunk is hosting Old Home Week along Main Street. A representative from Equality Maine will be present at the Farmers’ Market collecting signatures. Bill Grabin will also be collecting signatures along Main Street from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. Diane Denk will be collecting signatures along Main Street from 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Sunday morning, Diane will also be collecting signatures in the Kennebunk Town Hall Parking Lot from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Please come and sign the petitions. As volunteers schedule other collection locations and times, you will be notified.Volunteers are still needed. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dan Ankeles, dankeles@gmail.com, 796-3793.

     

    Even before Governor LePage signed the voter suppression bill into law, I was flooded with calls and emails from people wondering what we could do to stop it.

    Rarely is a law passed that attacks our democracy in such a fundamental way.

    There will be two great milestones in our signature gathering effort. The second will be the day we submit enough petitions to stop the voter suppression bill from becoming law.

    The first is tomorrow, as we launch this campaign.

    Please join me and thousands of volunteers across the state as we take the first step to fight back against this cynical attempt to strip voting rights from the people of Maine.

    Tomorrow we’ll be holding launch events in at least 9 counties. I hope you can make it to one.

    This is your best chance to join this effort and make a difference in protecting our democracy and our rights.

    Androscoggin County:
    DATE: Saturday July 9th
    TIME: 9am
    LOCATION: Maine People’s Alliance, 145 Lisbon Street Ste 200, Lewiston
    Regional Organizer: Genevieve Lysen – gen@mainepeoplesalliance.org, 240-6781
    Deputy Regional Organizer: Doug Kempner – dkempner@bates.edu, 689-1744

    Hancock County:
    DATE: Friday, July 8th
    TIME: 5pm
    LOCATION: Maine People’s Alliance, 192 Main Street (Second Floor), Ellsworth
    Regional Organizer: Heather Martin- heather@instigus.com,460-1587

    Waldo County:
    DATE: Saturday July 9th
    TIME: TBD
    LOCATION: TBD
    Regional Organizer: Heather Martin- heather@instigus.com, 460-1587

    York County:
    DATE: Saturday July 9th
    TIME: 11am
    LOCATION: (Outside) Alfred Parrish Church, 8 Old Kennebunk Road, Aflred
    Regional Organizer: Dan Ankeles – dankeles@gmail.com, 756-3793

    Cumberland County:
    DATE: Saturday, July 9th
    TIME: 9am
    LOCATION: Maine People’s Alliance, 565 Congress Street, Ste 200 Portland
    Regional Organizer: Jennie Pirkl – jennie@mainepeoplesalliance.org, 671-2490

    Penobscot County:
    DATE: Saturday, July 9th
    TIME: 9am
    LOCATION: 20 Ivers Street, Brewer
    Regional Organizer: Ryan Tipping-Spitz – ryan@mainepeoplesalliance.org 356-6997

    Kennebec County:
    DATE: Saturday July 9th
    TIME: 10am
    LOCATION: Maine Women’s Lobby, 124 Sewell St, Augusta
    Regional Organizer: Nicole Brown – nicole@opportunitymaine.org, 659-6199

    Franklin County:
    DATE: Saturday July 9th
    TIME: 10am
    LOCATION: the home of Anne Geller, 108 Orchard St. Farmington

    Oxford County:
    Date: Friday July 8th and Saturday July 9th
    Norway Arts Festival
    Main Street, Norway

    Full list and updated information at http://www.protectmainevotes.com

    Gen Lysen
    Maine People’s Alliance Lead Organizer
    gen@mainepeoplesalliance.org

    ===

    Knox County.

    2pm, Saturday July 9
    Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist
    200 Main Street
    Thomaston

    Contact: Bonnie Post, bonniepost@earthlink.net or 594-9263.
    Kickoff, pep rally, and signature gathering.

    ===

    Maine Women’s Lobby email:

     
    Hey volunteers,

    Thank you so much for committing some of your time to this campaign! The response has been amazing and we are lining up a strong force across the state of Maine to Protect Voting Rights.

    And, it’s GO time!

    As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Secretary of State’s office gave us the “green light” last evening and we are hitting the streets!

    With petitions in hand, you and me and hundreds of other Mainers across the State are heading out to fairs, malls, festivals, and neighborhoods to gather the needed signatures to put this question on the ballot:

    “Do you want to reject the section of Chapter 399 of the Public Laws of 2011 that requires new voters to register to vote at least two business days prior to an election?”

    Yes, we do want to reject it.

    We don’t believe that there should be any barriers to voting. Elections matter. And, every vote counts. We’re gonna get this question on the ballot – and, we’re gonna do it fast – one month.

    Oh Yeah. Yep. You Betcha. Yesiree bob.

    One month.

    Nobody wants to spend their entire summer collecting signatures when there’s so much ice cream and potato salad to enjoy. And, hot dogs, did I mention hot dogs?

    Anyway, thank you (so much) for signing up – we can do this!

    We’ll be reaching out by phone and by email over the next few hours – and next few days – to get YOU connected with those petitions.

    Also, keep checking back to for the nearest center – and volunteer coordinator – for you. It will be up and running soon! (I have included a list of local offices below).

    If you are in the Augusta/Hallowell area, we will be meeting at our office this weekend for signature collection kick-off!

    When: Saturday, July 9th
    Where: Maine Women’s Lobby, 124 Sewall St. Augusta
    What time: Trainings every hour on the hour from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

    Please shoot me back a quick email to let me know if you can be here.

    Thanks again,

    Charlotte Warren

     

    ===

     

    Launch Saturday, July 9,  Rising Tide Supermarket, Main Street, Damariscotta, 11 AM – 6:30 PM.
    Petitions available for signature everyday at Rising Tide, 11 AM-1PM and 4:30 to 6:30 PM.
    Petitions available for signature at LCDC Monthly meeting, Boothbay Railway Village, Rte 27, Boothbay, Monday, July 11, 6 – 9 PM.

    County coordinator: Val Johnson, valariesmithjohnson@gmail.com, 632-8355

    Town coordinators:
    Damariscotta:  Dean Curran, deancurran@yahoo.com, 380-5103

    Bristol:  John Fitzpatrick, johl@tidewater.net, 677-2397

    South Bristol:  Helen Marsh, hmarsh@tidewater.net, 563-6186

    Newcastle and Monhegan:  Mick Devin, mdevin@maine.edu, 563-3132

    Waldoboro:  Sandie O’Farrell, sandieofarrell@gmail.com, 542-9380

    Bremen:  Wendy Pieh, wpieh@lincoln.midcoast.com

    Boothbay:  Sandra Rumery, jrumery@roadrunner.com, 633-2550

    Boothbay Harbor:  Jerry Topinka, bigtoe@midmaine.com, 633-0519

    Edgecomb:  Jo Cameron, jocam@tidewater.net, 633-2978

    Somerville:  Chris Johnson, chris@dirigo.net, 632-6066

    Nobleboro:  Emma Stephenson, Emma.Smith.Stephenson@gmail.com, 563-1886

    Jefferson:  Tom Eichler, 882-7060, teeichler@gamil.com

     

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