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From: Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel
Nearly half of registered Mainers have voted, and absentee ballots keep pouring in
More than 477,000 absentee ballots had been received by mail, drop box or in-person voting as of Friday afternoon as a record number of...
From: Bangor Daily News
Early voters keep Maine clerks busy as coronavirus reshapes Election Day
More than 417,000 people successfully returned ballots here as of Wednesday, a figure that equals 54 percent of 2016 turnout....
From: Bangor Daily News
Coronavirus cases rise across Maine as Election Day approaches
The governor, though, looks reluctant to reinstitute back business restrictions....
From: Bangor Daily News
Sara Gideon keeps small lead on Susan Collins in new Maine poll
A new Colby College poll has given Sara Gideon a 3-point lead over Susan Collins in Maine's Senate race....
From: News Center Maine
Early processing of record 400,000 absentee ballots underway across Maine
City and town clerks are allowed to process ballots seven days ahead of the election after Gov. Mills signed an executive order due to the COVID-19...
Campaign Rallies Boost Trump’s Ego and COVID Cases in Counties They’re Held
According to new analysis, recent Trump campaign rallies were followed by county-level jumps in COVID-19 cases....
Trump Vows to Get ‘Husbands’ Back to Work, But Women Are the Ones Without a Job
Unemployment due to the pandemic has disproportionately put women out of work, but the president keeps talking about their husbands getting jobs....
No, We Are Definitely Not ‘Rounding the Corner’ on the Coronavirus Pandemic
The White House celebrated the president's success in ending the COVID-19 pandemic" even as the US sets record high for new COVID cases....
From: The Americano
Former Trump Officials: Vote for Biden or 'We Will No Longer Be America'
These former White House staffers blast Trump in a scathing new video as they urge Americans to vote for Joe Biden....
From: The Copper Courier
The Stark Difference in How McSally and Sinema Decided On Barrett
Sinema says her decision came after studying Barretts previous legal opinions, scholarly works, and meeting with her privately....
From: Bangor Daily News
Joe Biden is the right choice for Maine
"Joe Biden will put the health and safety of the American people first and has a robust coronavirus plan," Jonathan Hale writes....
From: Bangor Daily News
Sara Gideon will protect Maine’s environment and spark a green energy future
Maines special character relies, in part, on the health of its public lands and waters....
From: News Center Maine
Maine Sen. Collins is only Republican to vote against Barrett confirmation
Collins has said she believes it is 'too close' to the election, but will not say if she believes Barrett is qualified for the appointment....
From: Bangor Daily News
After key victories, Maine ‘Black POWER’ group hints at what’s to come
The Bangor Daily News interviewed two founding members, Christiana Marvray and Mariana Angelo, in the days before and after a recent rally....
From: The Americano
Trump’s White House Officially Gives Up on Controlling the Pandemic
The White House Chief of Staff twice affirms that the administration has no plans to get the coronavirus pandemic under control as an outbreak grows...
From: Bangor Daily News
Maine needs leaders who will take climate change seriously
Susan Collins' votes could put coastal small businesses like mine underwater, both literally and figuratively....
From: News Center Maine
Gov. Mills, Gideon to join Jill Biden for campaign rally in Bangor
According to the Biden campaign, Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Presidential candidate Joe Biden, will hold a rally in Bangor on Tuesday....
From: Bangor Daily News
Janet Mills says Trump ‘doesn’t care about’ Maine working people as he visits Bangor area
Three of Maines top Democrats greeted President Donald Trump with sharp criticism for his last-minute visit to the Bangor area on Sunday....
Middle-Class Americans Should Be Earning More, According to Biden. He Says His Tax Plan Will Help.
According to one study, the American middle class should be earning $42,000 more per worker. That's a stark contrast to how tax breaks have helped the...
From: Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel
How do Maine’s voting machines work? Can they be hacked?
Here's what you need to know about the technology that Maine uses to count votes on Election Day....
From: Central Maine
Maine’s high court rules absentee ballots must be received by Election Day
The court sided with Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap's office in rejecting a push to extend the deadline to count absentee ballots that arrive late.
From: Beacon
Maine Congressional candidate cites 'orientals' in military as evidence against systemic racism
Jay Allen, a Republican challenging Rep. Chellie Pingree in the First Congressional District, used racial pejoratives and stereotypes in an attempted...
Trump Is Trying to Gut Yet Another Housing Rule That Fights Discrimination
The ACLU and other groups have filed suit against the federal government to stop the rule change from going into effect....
From: Cardinal & Pine
Trump Is Punishing People Who Need Help the Most for the Crime of Living in Democratic Cities
Proposed funding cuts to cities Trump deemed "anarchist" would impact newborn screenings, addiction recovery, and mental health counseling....
From: Bangor Daily News
Maine secretary of state floats crackdown on confusing ‘blizzard’ of absentee ballot mailers
Mailers may be outdated or flat-out wrong by the time it reaches voters, leading to confusion around whether people are indeed registered....
From: The Copper Courier
The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Only Getting Worse
Hospitalizations are growing in 37 states as Dr. Anthony Fauci says United States is not yet "on the road" to ending the pandemic....
From: The Keystone
Obama Urges Voters to 'Build Back Better' With Biden
Former President Barack Obama said Joe Biden made him a better president "and he has the experience and character to make us a better country."...
All of the Times Republicans Have Refused to Help Americans During the Coronavirus Pandemic
While Pelosi and the Trump administration continue stimulus negotiations, Senate Republicans have so far refused to offer meaningful assistance to...
From: Bangor Daily News
Where Maine's biggest races stand 2 weeks from Election Day
The Senate race remains close as money continues to pour in....
US Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Sat on Board at Private School with Anti-Gay Rules
AP says Amy Coney Barrett sat in a leadership position at private Christian schools barring children of same-sex parents and LGBTQ teachers....
Judge Rules Trump Won't Be Able to Take Food Assistance Away From 700,000 Americans
A federal judge on Sunday struck down the Trump administrations attempt to end food assistance for nearly 700,000 unemployed Americans....
From: Up North News
Health Group to Trump: Please Just Stop Your ‘Super-Spreader’ Rallies Already
Wisconsins Lieutenant Governor joins demand that the president stop holding events that put lives at risk and normalize unsafe behavior....
From: Forbes
Early Voting Continues At Historic Rate: 22 Million Ballots Already Cast
In Pennsylvania, 76% of returned ballots were from Democrats, while only 16% were from Republicans....
From: Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel
Maine ‘news’ websites part of network that pushes conservative agenda
The network of 1,300 sites generally ignores Democrats, promotes conservative agendas and publishes favorable stories about Republicans, including...
From: The Daily Beast
Susan Collins’ ‘Hall Pass’ on Amy Coney Barrett Vote Won’t Save Her From Maine Voters
Collins, who won her fourth term six years ago with 69 percent of the vote, is navigating a harsh new reality....
From: Bangor Daily News
Maine’s US Senate race has attracted so much money that it’s hard to spend it
Few Senate campaigns have ever worked with as much money as Gideon, particularly in a small state like Maine with relatively cheap advertising rates....
From: News Center Maine
Biden up by 10, Gideon leads by 7 in new independent Maine poll
A new, independent poll of Maine voters shows statewide support for Democrats in the presidential, senate, and congressional races....
Keeping It Together: A Guide To Not Losing It During This Crazy Election
Michigan therapist Erica Carulli gives her self-care tips for navigating a monumental election full of (mis)information....
‘You Don’t Care About Us’: Unemployed Americans Say Their Government Has Failed Them
The latest jobless claims report shows applications are inching back up again. Americans share what life is like unemployed in a pandemic....
From: Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel
Maine Voices: Young people can make a difference – if we vote
Turnout among 18- to 29-year-olds has been on the rise, but we still trail other groups. Lets change that....
From: The New Yorker
Maine's Referendum on Susan Collins's Reputation
The senators recent record has felt, to many, like a failure to meet the moment....
From: NPR
Normally Invisible, National Security Figures Assume Prominent Election Role
National security leaders are playing a far more prominent role than in previous elections. Current officials are trying to reassure voters. Many...
Judge Amy Coney Barrett Has Been ‘Stunningly Hostile’ to Civil Rights, Critics Say
Activists worry a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court could hinder progress and potentially lead to rollbacks of Black Americans civil rights....
Trump's Rallies Have Previously Been Connected to COVID Cases. And They're Back.
President Donald Trump is back stumping on the campaign trail since his release from Walter Reed Medical Center last week due to COVID-19....
From: NYT
It's Not Easy Being an Optimist in Maine
We have late-spring storms and high-stakes Senate races. But we also have lobster and Patty Griffin....
From: Dogwood
Preserving the Legacy of One of the First Black Schools for the Formerly Enslaved
If youve never heard of Christiansburg Institute, youre not alone. However, one local group hopes to change that....
From: The Copper Courier
Roberta McCain, Mother of John McCain, Dies at 108
The oil heiress was active in her sons political career and was considered a secret weapon on the campaign trail....
From: Bangor Daily News
You can love and serve Maine no matter how you got here
"People who have returned to or moved to Maine and decided to serve their neighbors, communities and state, should be appreciated, not criticized,"...
Study Finds Trump Is the Leading Source of COVID-19 Misinformation
Thirty-eight percent of the over 1 million articles with coronavirus misinformation featured the president....
From: Dogwood
Know Your Rights: Legal Officials Outline What’s Allowed At the Polls
RICHMOND-During Tuesday nights debate, President Donald Trump asked his supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully,...
Amy Coney Barrett Could Bring the Climate Crisis to Its Breaking Point
How a conservative Supreme Court could make it harder for future presidents, Congress, and states to enact meaningful efforts to fight climate change....
From: WGME
What it means to be 'from away' in Maine's parochial politics
FARMINGTON, Maine (BDN) -- At an outdoor event next to a farmhouse recently converted into a beer garden, House Speaker Sara Gideon, the Democrat...
From: Beacon
Maine secretary of state says online voter registration would have been helpful this election
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said at a media briefing Thursday that having an online voter registration system during this year's election...
From: Press Herald
Maine’s top election official says polling places will be safe
While some states are bracing for serious voting problems, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap declared Thursday that Maines election systems are all...
From: CNBC
Susan Collins struggles to change the subject from Brett Kavanaugh in Maine Senate race
Collins' ties to President Trump and her vote for Brett Kavanaugh are among the explanations for her newfound vulnerability in Maine....
From: NPR
NPR Special Report: Voting In America
The 2020 election is taking place during a pandemic, in a vicious political season and amid an unprecedented lack of trust in the voting system. ...
From: NPR
Key Legal Fights Over Voting Remain Unresolved As Election Day Draws Close
The flurry of last-minute legal action comes as more than 5 million people have already cast ballots, causing some confusion over what voters have to...
From: NPR
Ranked-Choice Voting Could Play A Deciding Role In Maine's Senate Race
The contest between Republican Sen. Susan Collins and her Democratic challenger, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, could determine control of the U.S....
From: Forbes
More Than 4 Million People Have Already Voted In The Election, 50 Times This Point In 2016
With four weeks left to go until the election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, more than 4 million Americans have already cast their vote....
From: ProPublica
Maine Hires Lawyers With Criminal Records to Defend Its Poorest Residents
Maine is the only state in the country with no public defender system. Instead, legal services for the poor are left to private attorneys, who face...
From: Beacon
Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims
This story was authored by Sherman Smith, editor of Kansas Reflector, a partner of Maine Beacon.

This is the first in a series of stories looking...
WATCH: Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions Sound Off on the Potential Repeal of the ACA
Up to 133 million Americans have pre-existing conditions covered by the Affordable Care Act...
From: Cardinal & Pine
Trump Will Get Top-Notch Care for COVID-19. Not All Americans Can Say the Same.
The care President Trump is likely to receive will set him apart from most Americans...
Trump Appointee Pressured CDC to Alter Report on COVID-19 Risks in Children
Political operative requested changes that downplayed the risks of COVID-19 to children as schools...
From: The Press Herald
Disabled voters have multiple ways to cast ballots in Maine
Recent efforts to improve voting access for Mainers with disabilities range from a new online system...
From: WGME 13
Early voting starts Monday in Maine
Absentee ballots started being mailed to residents last week, and the demand for these ballots...
From: The Courier
Joe Biden Stutters. I Do Too. So Do More Than 3 Million Americans.
Trump’s verbal attacks on Biden Tuesday night were abusive in more ways than one...
From: The Courier
Trump Insulted Biden’s Son for Drug Addiction, But Overdose Deaths Have Increased During His Presidency.
Deaths from drug overdoses increased in more than two-thirds of states last year.
From: The Courier
Trump Pretends the Stock Market Is the Economy, Again. Experts Say Biden’s Plan Is Better for American Workers.
In Tuesday night’s debate, President Trump continued to claim that the stock market would save the country.
From: WGME
Judge declines to intervene on Maine's absentee ballot rules
A judge on Wednesday rejected a request for an injunction allowing absentee...
From: Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Maine's high court denies request to put ranked-choice decision on hold
The Maine Republican Party wants to ask the federal courts to consider First Amendment...
From: Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
New Maine system allows online voting for disabled voters
Maine voters who are unable to mark a paper ballot because of a cognitive, visual or physical impairment...
Maine's congressional delegation react to Trump diagnosis
Members of Maine's congressional delegation reacted Friday...
Maine sees uptick in residents filing new unemployment claims
According to the Maine Department of Labor, roughly 2,300 Mainers filed initial claims for federal...
From: Bangor Daily News
It’s unlikely Maine will see major voting changes before the Nov. 3 election
Chances are Maine’s election will be run the same way in November.
From: WABI
Two Maine companies donate PPE to election workers
Two Maine companies have made big donations to help keep election workers safe.
Judge declines to intervene on Maine's absentee ballot rules
Judge declines to intervene on Maine's absentee ballot rules.
From: NPR
Why Fewer People Appear To Be Voting By Mail Than Expected
Polls show more people are planning to vote in-person while the number of people planning to vote by mail is shrinking — due to fears...
From: News Center Maine
'Demoralizing. Childish. Horrific.': What Maine politicians are saying about the first presidential debate between President Trump and Joe Biden
President Donald Trump and Joe Biden faced off in the first of three presidential debates on Tuesday. Here's what Maine politicians...
From: Sun Journal
Lewiston announces early voting as absentee ballot requests continue to climb
Early voting will begin next week at City Hall, as nearly one-quarter of registered voters in the city have requested absentee ballots...
From: Beacon
Maine CDC: No one-size-fits-all recommendation for safe voting
The director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation...
From: Press Herald
Election clerks will process absentee ballots early, but won’t count votes until polls close
With a record number of voters requesting absentee ballots, some want to know when those votes actually get counted.
From: News Center Maine
2020 Maine Election: Your questions answered
You ask, we answer. Here’s a breakdown of important things to know about the upcoming November 3 General Election in Maine.
From: Central Maine
Maine launches absentee ballot tracking system
The new system will enable voters to track the status of their absentee ballots online.
In Maine, a race about the issues has become a referendum on Susan Collins
It is already the most expensive Senate race in Maine history.
From: CNN
Ranked choice voting, explained
This year, Maine will be the first state to use ranked choice voting in a federal election.
From: The New York Times
In Maine, a Race About the Issues Has Become a Referendum on Susan Collins
Two years ago Sara Gideon, the Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives...
From: Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Maine reaction to nomination signals a fiercely partisan confirmation
Maine's liberal leaders decry Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to women's reproductive rights...
From: The Courier
Trump’s Latest Executive Order Does Absolutely Nothing to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions
Instead, the president is suing to overturn the law that actually prohibits insurance companies...
From: The Americano
Middle-Class Americans Should Be Earning More, According to Biden. He Says His Tax Plan Will Help.
According to one study, the American middle class should be earning $42,000 more per worker.
From: Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel
Maine Republicans make last-ditch attack on ranked-choice presidential tally
The Maine Republican Party is asking the state supreme court to put on hold its ruling that allowed ranked-choice voting...
From: Mother Jones
How Susan Collins’ Appeal to Maine’s Seniors Grew Old
If Susan Collins is forced into retirement in November, you can thank Maine’s oldest voters.
From: Beacon
From Instagram to Animal Crossing, Maine groups get creative to mobilize young voters
Young voters comprise only 18 percent of Maine’s voting population.
From: DemCast
Trump’s SCOTUS Short List Proves Mainers Can’t Count on Susan Collins to Protect the ACA
Collins’ commitment to vote for “no” for a Supreme Court nominee prior to the election is too little, too late.
From: News Center Maine
Jill Biden to campaign in Maine
Joe Biden's wife Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Maine on Friday to campaign.
From: DemCast
Suit Up for November: Voter registration & support LGBTQ+ rights
Find information here about registering to vote in Maine and an URGENT action.
From: Sun Journal
Why does Maine split its Electoral College votes for president?
Part of an occasional series answering readers’ questions about Maine.
From: Central Maine
Getting ready to vote in Maine? Make sure you're registered first.
Here's what you need to know to ensure that you are able to vote in the November election.
From: Maine Beacon
Advocates argue before judge that Maine’s voting laws place undue burden on some voters
Voting rights advocates challenged the constitutionality of Maine’s election system.
From: Bangor Daily News
Maine plans to avoid long waits for election results in November, but uncertainty remains
November election results may be delayed for up to a day in parts of Maine.
From: Newscenter Maine
2020 Maine Voter’s Guide: How to vote and important deadlines you need to know ahead of Nov. 3
This guide will help you practice your civic duty to vote and feel confident your voice...
From: Newscenter Maine
The Maine Supreme Court clears the way for ranked-choice voting
Maine will now become the first state to use the ranked-choice format in a presidential election.
From: WGME
Maine voter activists ask for ballots mailed by Election Day to be counted
he Kennebec County Court heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality...
From: Bangor Daily News
Susan Collins, Sara Gideon agree on next step but not leadership as Supreme Court roils election
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and House Speaker Sara Gideon agree on something...
From: Press Herald
Getting ready to vote in Maine? Make sure you’re registered first.
Here's what you need to know to ensure that you are able to vote in the November election.

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