Take Action

Portland voters have made it very clear that they want structural change and we shouldn’t have to wait to get the process started. The charter commission will have the power to create a Clean Elections program, change the powers of the mayor and the city manager, increase oversight of the police, and much more. It’s essential that the commissioners truly represent all of Portland’s voters.

on Monday, August 31 at 6:00 PM, the Portland City Council will discuss when to hold the election for the nine elected charter commissioners. Since the city missed the opportunity to use the November election, when we are likely to have massive voter turnout, the council should take proactive steps to increase turnout for a special election.

READY TO TAKE ACTION?

Let your city councilors know you support an early special election, and proactive measures to encourage voter turnout.


Step 1:
Contact your city council BEFORE the meeting. Find your city councilor below, and email or call their office to leave a comment. Talking points are provided below.

City Council Contacts:

Snyder, Kate
Mayor
ksnyder@portlandmaine.gov 
207-874-8941  

Ray, Belinda S.
District 1
bsr@portlandmaine.gov 
207-671-4000

Thibodeau, Spencer
District 2
sthibodeau@portlandmaine.gov
207-650-2147

Chong, Tae Y.
District 3
tchong@portlandmaine.gov 
207-650-0126

Costa, Justin
District 4
jcosta@portlandmaine.gov
207-522-2004

Cook, Kimberly
District 5
kcook@portlandmaine.gov
207-874-8986

Ali, Pious
At Large
pali@portlandmaine.gov  
207-807-4283

Mavodones, Jr., Nicholas M.
At Large
nmm@portlandmaine.gov 
207-774-0257

Duson, Jill C.
At Large
jduson@portlandmaine.gov
207-874-8685


Step 2:
Provide a public comment during the City Council meeting on Monday, August 31 at 6:00 PM. All Portland City Council meetings are hosted virtually. You can access the agenda and Zoom link for the meeting here.


TALKING POINTS:

  • The City Council should honor the wishes of voters by scheduling a special election to elect charter commissioners as soon as possible after the 120 days required by city law.

  • It is unacceptable to wait until the scheduled June school budget vote - nearly a year after the commission passed, and nearly two years after voters signed petitions.

  • Charter Commissioners should be elected by a diverse and representative group of Portland voters. These individuals will be writing a new governing document for our city, and they should represent all its people.

  • The City can take proactive steps to ensure voter turnout, including distributing absentee ballot requests, paying return postage, and holding weekend hours for in-person absentee voting.