Mark Your Calendars, Voters – The Ellsworth AmericanThe Ellsworth American

Dear Editor:

For the first time in a dozen years or more, the League of Women Voters – Downeast will not be holding a state senator candidate forum in the district that encompasses most of the county of Hancock. It’s a big disappointment for us in the League, but we weren’t able to get candidate Brian Langley or candidate Ben Meiklejohn to participate. Candidate Nicole Grohoski has agreed to participate, but we have strict policies prohibiting empty chair debates if a candidate is running alone. We are sorry that voters did not have the opportunity to meet the candidates for this election.

This is doubly disappointing given the unusual circumstances of this election. In a special election on June 14, voters will elect a new state senator to replace Louie Luchini, who resigned his Senate seat earlier this year. The June 14 special election will be held on the same day as a statewide primary election. Only party members can vote in the primary election, but the special election is open to all eligible voters. And the special election is the real deal – not a warm-up. One of the three candidates will be our newest state senator until the next general election in November.

So, mark your calendars. Plan to vote in the June 14 special election. Mail-in ballots are available now. You can find your voting location, as well as what’s on your ballot (local races, referendums, etc.), on Vote411.org, the online voting guide that the League of Women Voters puts together.

Anne-Luther

League of Women Voters – Downeast

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