by Ramona du Houx
“We are here to celebrate a remarkable and important citizen-led effort to shine the light on dark money, keep politicians accountable and restore Maine’s Clean Election law,” said Andrew Bossie, Executive Director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE), the nonpartisan group that organized the signature collection. “This is an effort of, by and for Maine people. We’re here today because we want a government that works for everyday voters, not one bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. We’re here today because when our democracy is threatened, we the people, will fight to keep it strong.”
Joining Bossie were several voters who volunteered on the signature-gathering effort.
MCCE began the petition drive in May, mobilizing hundreds of Maine voters to collect signatures at the polls on both Primary Day in June and Election Day in November. Additional signatures were collected during local gatherings and community events through the summer and fall.
To qualify the Clean Elections Initiative, a minimum of 61,123 valid signatures from Maine voters are required. Town and city clerks already validated more than 98 percent of the signatures that were submitted.
“It’s clear that Maine people want to enhance disclosure, hold politicians accountable and restore their first-in-the-nation Clean Election law,” said Bossie. “Today’s delivery gets us one step closer to the day when voters will reaffirm that at the polls, and one step closer to a government that is truly of, by, and for the people.”