Democrats will rally together in cities and towns across Maine days after the presidential primary to kick off 2020 strategy to win this November
The Maine Democratic Party today announced statewide municipal caucuses on Sunday, March 8, 2020, just days after Maine's first presidential primary in two decades. Democrats will Rise and Organize together in cities and towns across Maine with family, friends, and neighbors to build the grassroots coalition needed to elect candidates up and down the ballot this November.
“If Democrats are going to win in 2020, voting by itself won’t be enough. Every path to winning the United States Senate runs through Maine. And no matter who is president, we need a Senate that works to give every American a fair shot at success. That’s why we need every Democrat to Rise and Organize at your local caucuses on March 8,” said Kathleen Marra, Chair of the Maine Democratic Party.
The 2020 Maine Democratic Party caucuses are a chance to build the strong grassroots coalition we need to persuade voters and generate the momentum it will take to turn out every voter needed to win this November. Caucuses are also the best way for participants to help shape and define the values and policies Democrats stand for in Maine.
Democrats are encouraged to check-in before arriving at mainedems.org/checkin, though advance check-in is not required to participate.
Marra continued, “Donald Trump and Washington Republicans, including Senator Susan Collins, are being propped up by their wealthy corporate allies, which means we have to work twice as hard to defeat them. That’s why these caucuses are so important -- they are the first step in building our grassroots coalition to support our eventual nominees for President, U.S. Senate, and legislative candidates up and down the ballot.”
At each caucus, Democrats will elect delegates to the Maine Democratic Party State Convention, to be held in Bangor May 29-31. Important activities such as electing national delegates to the Democratic National Convention and adopting the Maine Democratic Party’s platform for the 2020 General Election will occur at the state convention.
Democrats will also elect leaders to their town and county committees, who help mobilize for positive change, educate and inform voters, and support candidates running for local office. And, Democrats may have the opportunity to meet candidates running for local office, such as state representative or state senator, who are often in attendance.
Any registered Democrat can participate, including 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by Election Day (November 3, 2020) if they register to vote and enroll as a Democrat. People unenrolled in a political party or who are unregistered may register as a Democrat any time up to and including Caucus Day on March 8, 2020, right at their local caucuses. Voters who are members of other political parties must re-register as a Democrat by Friday, February 21 to be eligible to participate in their caucuses.
For more information on the 2020 Maine Democratic Party Caucuses, visit mainedems.org/caucus.