Democracy Maine

Democracy Maine

Joint Effort to Promote and Protect Democracy

The League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME) and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) are committed to building an empowered, engaged, and informed citizenry to meet the challenges of 21st century democracy. To that end, we are embarking on a new relationship to improve the function of our democratic self-government.

We join activists and reformers across many generations in pressing for the realization of our country's founding principles. We share a vision of public policy that fosters political equality and civic engagement, addressing the problems that confront our communities, state, and nation.

Over years of independent development and collaboration, our organizations have built strong brands, stellar reputations, and complementary strengths. Democracy Maine will have the power to meaningfully address the deep crisis currently facing our democracy in a uniquely nonpartisan and sustainable joint effort.

More Powerful Together

By combining many (but not all) of our efforts, Democracy Maine will provide Maine with:

  • A trusted nonpartisan source of information about elections and public policy for voters and public officials across the political spectrum;
  • A powerful advocate for policies that strengthen our democracy, including leadership on addressing the role of big money in politics;
  • A gathering place for people who want to engage more deeply with the political process to build their skills, enlarge their knowledge, and find fellow citizens to organize alongside;
  • A “democracy hub” providing capacity, infrastructure, and reputation that can be joined on specific issues by other organizations whose missions overlap.

Combining the professional staff of MCCE and its track record of legislative and ballot success with the volunteer-driven, consensus-based, chapter model of the League, we will create a movement with true grassroots-based power and policy clout. Integrating our outreach and streamlining our operations will increase each organization's impact while continuing to promote and enlarge their valuable identities.