Voting in Maine starts in less than 3 weeks. This newsletter is full of things you can do to ensure we defeat Collins and Trump in Maine, including: invitations to join experts on a call about making sure your vote gets counted, a very special session on the art of phone banking, make your own video for our #ThatsWhy campaign, and help with lit drops in immigrant communities; a request for supporter housing; info on where to get free yard signs and your questions on voting answered; opportunities to phone bank and write letters to the editor; and news updates on what’s happening in Maine…
…And (* drumroll! *) the launch of our own new web site, SwingLeftMaine.com, where you can find all sorts of volunteer opportunities and resources. Check it out!
Most importantly, do not wait to make your own plan to vote. Request your absentee ballot online or by calling your town clerk.Thanks for your hard work and keep up the good fight!
Amy and Paula, Swing Left Maine Regional Organizers
Supporter Housing Needed
The Maine Democratic party has hired new field staff and is looking for housing for them so that they can work directly in communities throughout the state. Because ofCOVID-19, theyare only looking forhousing with separate living spaceavailable. Hosts are only responsible for housing, not meals or transportation. If interested in providing housing, sign up here.
Every Week without Fail
Maine volunteers: Join our Virtual Phone Bank Party every Thursday at 5. Sign up here.
Out of state volunteers: Phone bank any day with the Maine Dems. Sign up here.
* Letters to the Editor Workshop
Wednesdays at 6:30. Sign up here.
Free Yard Signs for Biden/Harris, Gideon et al!
They’re here! And free! Order your yard signs here.
SWING LEFT MAINE UPDATES
OUR” WEEK OF ACTION” NEXT WEEK:
Safe Voting, plus The Launch of #ThatsWhy Video Campaign
No Vote Left Behind: Join us Monday to Learn More About Voting Safely
Voting will look a little different this year.Do you know how to cast your ballot? Join us for a discussion with elections officials and voting rights advocates about how to vote in Maine, followed by a Q&A. Speakers include Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, League of Women Voters of Maine Executive Director Anna Kellar, Maine Dems’ Voter Protection Director Ryder Kessler, and Waldoboro Town Manager and Clerk Julie Keizer.
* “Make Your Vote Count: How to vote safely and securely in Maine in2020″. Sign up here to join us via Zoom Mon. Sept. 21 at 6:30.
Help Us Launch #ThatsWhy
As part of our Week of Action, we are celebrating National Register to Vote Day on Sept. 22 by launching our #ThatsWhy video testimonial campaign. For the last month we’ve asked you all to make 30-second videos–about why you are supporting Gideon and Biden, opposing Collins, or just passionate about an issue– and now we hope you will help us make them go viral by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and sharing them. Even better, make your own and be part of the Video Blue Wave. Details here.
We Watched. We Cheered. We Raised $12,000
Last Friday Swing Left Maine hosted a Debate Watch Party which allowed 100 of us to watch Sara Gideon shine in her first debate with Susan Collins while enjoying commentary by U Maine political science professor Amy Fried and Suit Up Maine’s co-founder Kelli Whitlock Burton. Even better, in the preceding half hour, we met some of the members of the New Mainers Alliance and reached our goal of raising $12,000 to enable this grassroots group to employ 12 community organizers to help members of the immigrant community in Lewiston register and vote in this election. Thank you all who donated!
Slate Nails It
Perhaps the best article we’ve read all year on the sea change in Maine is this one in Slate, describing how Susan Collins turned former supporters into activists dedicated to defeating her. Read and share.
Gideon Health Care Plan
With Republicans still seeking to destroy Obamacare in the courts and without a plan of their own, Sara Gideon last week outlined her health care priorities. Gideon’s plan includes a “public option” Medicare-like plan that people under 65 can elect and changes in status for several rural Maine hospitals (to “critical access”) that would give them more favorable Medicare reimbursement rates. (The Bangor Daily News, August 26, 2020 via Maine News Digest).