Open primaries discussed



BAR HARBOR — Dennis Damn of Trenton and Jill Goldthwait of Bar Harbor will discuss a proposed change to Maine’s primary election system Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Jesup Memorial Library.

Currently, a plurality of Maine voters (37 percent) are unenrolled, meaning they are not registered in any of the state’s three political parties (Democrat, Republican or Green Independent). That’s more than the number of Democrats (32 percent) or Republicans (27 percent).

Currently only voters affiliated with one of the three parties can cast ballots in a primary election. If an independent voter wants to vote in a primary, he or she must declare a party at the polls on primary election day. The voter must then stay affiliated with that chosen party for at least three months before changing his or her voter registration again. The proposed legislation would change this system and allow independent voters to vote in one primary.

Damon is a former state senator and has worked as a schoolteacher, coach, entrepreneur and small business owner. Goldthwait has served on the Bar Harbor Town Council and in the Maine Senate was elected to the Bar Harbor Town Council for nine years, serving as chairman for eight. She was Director of Government Relations at The Jackson Laboratory for nine years, retiring in 2012.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or email mrice@jesuplibrary.org.

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