Discussion on open primaries Feb. 28

BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library will host a discussion on open primaries on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

More than a third of Maine voters do not have a voice in the selection of candidates for elected offices. Only declared members of a political party may vote to choose the nominees for a general election; that means voters who are independents cannot vote in primary elections without declaring a party affiliation.

Those voters must remain enrolled in that party for three months after they vote. Now, legislation is being considered in Augusta that would allow independents to vote in one primary without having to declare for a party.

Jill Goldthwait and Dennis Damon will speak about the type of open primary being proposed for Maine and answer questions.

For more information, call the library at 288-4245.

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