Maine LD 720: An Act To Establish an Open Primary System in the State

LD 720 (subjects: ELECTIONS , PRIMARY )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=720&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Matthea Daughtry of Brunswick: (D – District 49) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

4 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/5/2015 House Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/11/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
4/16/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Establish an Open Primary System in the State

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 341 is enacted to read:

341. Common primary ballot

The names of all candidates for Governor, United States Senator and Representative to Congress, including candidates enrolled in a party and unenrolled candidates, must appear on the same primary ballot. Notwithstanding sections 111, 144 and 340, all voters, regardless of enrollment status, vote using identical ballots for candidates for these offices. Only the names of the 2 candidates who receive the most votes at the primary election for these offices may appear on the ballot for the general election.

SUMMARY

This bill provides that the names of all candidates for Governor, United States Senator and Representative to Congress, including candidates enrolled in a party and unenrolled candidates, must appear on the same primary ballot. All voters, regardless of enrollment status, vote using identical ballots for candidates for these offices. Only the names of the 2 candidates who receive the most votes at the primary election for these offices appear on the ballot for the general election.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 720 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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