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Governors

William King, Maine

initially were elected for one year terms, then two year terms beginning in 1880, and finally in 1962 four year terms were adopted. From 1820 through 1853, fifteen of the eighteen governors were Democratic-Republicans or Democrats. (See election results and … Continue reading

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April 3

Common Flicker at Marsh River Bog Preserve, Newcastle (April 2009)

April 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1639 A “Grant of the Province of Maine” to … Continue reading

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April 9

Common Flicker at Marsh River Bog Preserve, Newcastle (April 2009)

April 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Officially designated as Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, … Continue reading

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Election Ballot Samples, Issues

Referendum Ballot, Complete the Arrow, Machine Counted

The following are samples of ballots used in issue elections, such as constitutional amendements, citizen initiated questions, bond issues, and issues proposed by the legislature.

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Elections

 If the fire engines are parked outside on a weekday, you can be pretty sure they’re voting inside. . . . Voting in Maine is fun. It is neighborly. It is seeing people, and swapping news, as well as being … Continue reading

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Elections, Campaign Media

Maine Republican Party Headquarters in Hallowell 2002

Roadside signs are a long tradition in Maine elections. With the outlawing of billboards in the 1970’s, they have played an important role in at least raising candidates’ name recognition, and for the appearance of broad support. Paid politial campaign … Continue reading

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Elections, Congressional Districts

Congressional Districts for Elections 2004-2010

Maine once had as many as eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives, thus eight congressional districts.  When Maine achieved statehood in 1820, Congress assigned the new state one At-Large Representative, leaving Massachusetts with its allotted 20 Representatives. In … Continue reading

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Elections, Governor Results

Elections for governor were initially held annually. In 1880, a two-year term was introduced and lasted through 1958, when four-year terms were instituted. (See election procedures.) The tables below report the election year, votes for Democrats, Republicans, and the next … Continue reading

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Elections, Initiatives

No on Resort Casino Sign, November, 2003

Votes on citizen initiatives since 1911 The state constitution allows citizens to place issues on the statewide ballot by petition. In its first thirty-seven years, only six initiated bills qualified to be placed on a ballot; only two passed. In … Continue reading

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Elections, President Results

Presidential Elections 1828-2016

Here are the results of presidential elections in Maine since 1824. Party abbreviations under “Other”: SL=Socialist Labor; C=Communist; SLC=Socialist Labor and Communist (totals combined); ND=National Democrat; IND=Independence; ST=Single Tax. The various early “parties” came and went rather frequently in the … Continue reading

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Elections, Referenda

Wind Power Bond Issue (June 2010)

Votes on referenda since 1911 Most items placed on issue ballots are referenda proposed by the legislature, and most of those are bond issues seeking authorization to borrow large amounts of money over 5, 10, 20 or more years. A … Continue reading

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Electoral College

Program, 2004 Maine Electoral College, p. 1

Unlike state elections, the popular vote for President and Vice President of the United States does not directly determine the winners. The final determination is made by a group of 538 people distributed among the fifty states, based on the … Continue reading

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Electoral College, Maine Law

Maine Law, Title 21-A, regarding Presidential Electors [Governing the procedure for the Electoral College in Maine 2004] §801. Election In a presidential election year, the presidential electors shall be chosen at the general election. 1. Vote for presidential candidate construed. … Continue reading

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Garcelon, Alonzo

Alonzo Garcelon (courtesy Maine State Museum)

(1813-1906) born in Lewiston on May 6, 1813, was Maine governor from 1879 to 1870. Educated at academies in Monmouth, Waterville, and Newcastle, he worked his way through Bowdoin College by teaching school, graduating in 1836. After attending medical school … Continue reading

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June 27

Bathers at Old Orchard Beach on Saco Bay (June 2010)

June 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1683 Incorporation of the town of North Yarmouth 1792 … Continue reading

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March 28

Olson House on Hathorn Point in Cushing (2005)

March 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Maple Sunday is the 4th Sunday in March. … Continue reading

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Martin, John L.

(1941 –    ) was born in Eagle Lake June 5, 1941 and attended local schools. He received his B.A. in History and Government from the University of Maine at Orono in 1963, and did advanced graduate study in Political Science … Continue reading

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November 3

The Selectmen

November 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1799 Incorporation of the town of Boothbay 1828 Wilhelm … Continue reading

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November 7

The Selectmen

November 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1776 Incorporation of the town of Warren 1837 Fearless, … Continue reading

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November 8

The Selectmen

November 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1830 Birth date in Leeds of Oliver Otis Howard, … Continue reading

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Political Party Enrollment

Green Independent Party Enrollment 1996-2016

For the nearly 100 years from 1857 through 1954, the Republican Party dominated the state’s politics.  Thirty-one Republican governors served during the period, compared with four Democrats. During the 1950s and 1960s Republican enrollment began to slide as Democrats and … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Election Turnout

For half a century, Maine has had a relatively high voter turnout in presidential elections. In every presidential election from 1960 to 2008, Maine’s turnout, based on its voting age population, has exceeded the national average, frequently by 10% or more. In 2012 it was again ranked second (to perennial rival Minnesota by 0.4%) as it was in 2000 and 2008. Continue reading

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Senators, U.S.

Maine has had 38 U.S. Senators from statehood in 1820 through the elections of the year 2010. Theirs terms, residence, and party affiliations are listed below. Unlike U.S. Representatives, who are elected every two years from one of our two … Continue reading

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September 9

Farm Stand in Westfield on U.S. Route 1 (September 2001)

September 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1849 Birth date of Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett … Continue reading

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