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Copyright Maine
Governor:1(Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2000 Census:1,277,731 (0.45% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:4(0.74% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)
2010 Census:1,333,074 (0.43% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:4(0.74% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:2(0.46% of 435)

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Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of Maine
 Status: STATE of the Union
 never organized as a Territory: previously, was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 Admitted to the Union as a State: 15 March 1820 by an Act of Congress of 3 March 1820 (3 Stat. 544) recognizing a State government already formed
  The 23rd state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Region: New England
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act: [Maine never had an Enabling Act: instead, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed enabling legislation of its own- first separating its "District of Maine" from the rest of the State, 19 June 1819- an action approved by the voters in Maine on 19 July 1819 by 17,001 to 7,132; Massachusetts passed a follow-up ordinance officially accepting the fact of Maine's imminent statehood on 25 February 1820, thereby allowing Congress to formally admit Maine as a State]
1st (1820-) [Adopted: 29 October 1819 Convention convened, 11 October 1819 (NOTE: on 12 January 1875, the Legislature authorized a Commission to propose such amendments as would update and modernize this Constitution; on 24 February 1875, this Commission proposed 9 amendments to be added to the 1819 Constitution and the 12 amendments thereto adopted prior to 1875: one of these 9 new amendments authorized the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to recodify the 1819 Constitution and amendments ), Ratified: 6 December 1819 ratified by special Town Meetings. (NOTE: The amendments proposed by the 1875 Commission were ratified by the People on 13 September 1875, after which the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court reworked the 1819 Constitution and its now 21 amendments into a newly recodified document: the Legislature accepted this recodification as the official Constitution of Maine on 23 February 1876; however, this 1875/1876 recodification is not generally considered to be a new Constitution per se )]

Executive Branch   All States
Chief Executive
Successor to a Vacancy
  President of the State Senate
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2021 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer

Legislative Branch   All States
Upper House
Lower House
  House of Representatives

Judicial Branch   All States
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Judicial Court

Local Government
  county [Type: Weak, Executive and Legislative: Court of Commissioners]
   TOWN [Type: Very Strong, Executive: Board of Selectmen, Legislative: TOWN MEETING]
Incorporated Municipalities  All States

Key Statewide / Federal Officials  All States
  Maine Officials

Statutory Election Information   All States
Presidential Primary   All States
  (2017-2019) "No later than November 1st of the year prior to a presidential election year, the Secretary of State shall set the date of the presidential primary election, which must be held on a Tuesday in March of the year in which a presidential election is held. Whenever the state committee of a party certifies that there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate, the Secretary of State shall consult with the state committee of each party to determine the date of the presidential primary." LD 1673, SP 685 Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA c. 5, sub-c. 7 §431. 1.
  (2019--) "No later than November 1st of the year prior to a presidential election year, the state committee of each party shall certify whether there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate. Upon receiving the certification from one or more parties, the Secretary of State shall announce the parties that will have a presidential primary election, which must be held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in March of the presidential election year." [LD 1626, SP 523. Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA c. 5, sub-c. 8 §441.1.]
State Primary   All States
  2nd Tuesday of June of each general election year [Title 21-A, Chapter 5, Subchapter 1, section 339]
Polling times   All States
  1. Opening time flexible. The polls must be opened no earlier than 6 a.m. and no later than 9 a.m. on election day; except that in municipalities with a population of less than 4,000, the polls must be opened no later than 10:00 a.m. on election day.
2. Closing time fixed. The polls must be closed at 8 p.m. on election day, except in municipalities of population less than 100 which may close the polls after all registered voters have voted. [Title 21-A, Chapter 9, Subchapter 1, Article 2, §626]

Links  Links to other web sites
Constitution    All States
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Election Authority
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Legislature    All States
  Maine House of Representatives
  Maine Revised Statutes
  Maine State Legislature
  Maine Democratic Party
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  Maine Republican Party
Third Party
  Christian Liberty Party of Maine (February 2012: no longer active)
  Justice Party of Maine
  Libertarian Party of Maine
  Maine Green Independent Party
  Maine Greens (Green Independent)
  Maine Right to Life Committee
  The Unity Party of Maine
Media & others
  Bangor Daily News
  Journal Tribune - York County - Biddeford - Sanford
  Kennebec Journal
  Maine Public Broadcasting Network
  Maine Today - Maine
  State & Capitol - Gardiner
  Sun Journal - Lewiston
  The Cape Courier - Cape Elizabeth
  The Ellsworth American
  The Lincoln County News
  The Times Record - Bath - Brunswick
  WABI TV - CBS - Bangor
  WAGM TV - CBS - Prewsque Isle
  WCSH TV - NBC - Portland
  WGME TV - CBS - Portland
  WLBZ NBC - Bangor
  WMTW TV - ABC - Auburn
  WVII TV - ABC / WFVX TV - Fox - Bangor

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