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Want to Influence Your Local Government? Vote In Off-Cycle Elections

Stat News wrote the following in 2018 — “physicians do many things well. One thing they aren’t good at is showing up to vote. That bad habit starts early, and we believe it can — and must — be changed.”

Nationwide data show that physicians are less likely to vote than lawyers, other professionals, farmers, and the general population. In some recent elections, less than one-third of doctors voted.

While more Americans have understandably become increasingly skeptical of national, and more so lately, state politics, significant changes that also directly affect your day-to-day lives can happen closer to home. They start with local elections.

Locally elected officials are the ones who dictate the local laws, policies and budgets that affect you the most, and they are elected with little involvement of residents relative to national and many state-wide elections. Statistically speaking, that means one vote is more likely to make a difference in off-year or locally focused elections. There are less people casting ballots and your vote, and those of like-minded community members make up a larger percentage of the voter base. Read More

Statewide Ballot Issues

“CMP Corridor” or the “Clean Energy Corridor” - Question 1

NEWS CENTER Maine had a recent story on how referendum Question 1 is the most expensive ballot question in state history Read More

Maine Secretary of State Resources

The Maine Secretary of State Website Has All The Logistical Information You Need

The Maine Secretary of State website has all the logistical information you need concerning the November 2, 2021, Referendum Election this Tuesday. According to the site, “Referendum Elections are held to provide Maine's citizens an opportunity to vote on People's Veto Referenda, Direct Initiatives of Legislation (i.e. Citizen Initiatives), Bond Issues, other referenda proposed by the Legislature, and Constitutional Amendments.  Referendum elections are an important part of the heritage of public participation in Maine.” Read More


Vote Yes on One
MMA Board member, Jonathan Meserve MD FAAP

*The views expressed are the opinions of Dr. Meserve. The Maine Medical Association does not have a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless.

The CMP corridor is not good for Maine or the environment. The New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line benefits foreign companies that want to sell their “clean energy” to higher rate markets in Massachusetts. Let’s look at the supposed “benefits” of this 145-mile-long corridor through much of Maine’s wilderness: Read More

Yes on 1, Yes on 2, No on 3
MMA member & Maine State Representative, Patty Hymanson, MD (York)

*The views expressed are the opinions of Dr. Hymanson. The Maine Medical Association does not have a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless.

Of the three questions on the November 2nd ballot, the second is the least controversial so we will begin there. Transportation bonds come up each two-year cycle and pass easily. This year $85 million is for highways and $15 million for rail, aviation, ports and active transportation. Money from federal pandemic relief and matching programs will more than double this. Over 10 years, approximately $27 million will also be paid in interest through state revenue sources. Bonding is not a great way to pay for these costs but increased gas tax, mileage fee, fuel-efficiency or electric vehicle off-sets have not gained traction to replace it.  Read More

Informational Resources

Question 2 – Bond Issue

Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit facilities and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to leverage an estimated $253,000,000 in federal and other funds? Read More

Question 3 – Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being? Read More

Additional Media Resources

Local Media Links to Learn More About Your Local Issues and Candidates
by Jessica Piper, published in the Bangor Daily News

Mainers can vote on three statewide referendums and a range of local races in tomorrow's election.

If you plan to vote, visit your local media outlet using the links below for what you need to know about, what is on the ballot, and logistics on how to vote.
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Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings. Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

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Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our 11/2 webinar: Let’s Talk Hospice!

Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our webinar:  Let’s Talk Hospice!  All clinicians and patients are invited to a brief introduction of hospice services presented by Hospice of Southern Maine on Tuesday, November 2 from 1:00-1:30PM. 
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AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)

The recently revised EQIPP immunization course is designed to identify immunization rates in your practice, uncover barriers to immunization delivery systems, and provide techniques to overcome those barriers using clear aims that reflect expert principles and proven quality improvement methods and tools.

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SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Webinars on November 3 & December 1

Register now for webinars on Wednesday, November 3rd and Wednesday, December 1st from 12:00-1:00pm. Read More

Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing

Schedule a 1-hour presentation at your medical practice or hospital, or request an individual Academic Detailing session. Read More


Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine) seeks aPhysician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services.
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Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center

Bingham Area Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) with outstanding clinical and interpersonal skills to provide primary care to patients of all ages in a family practice with integrated behavioral health services. Read More

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