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Special 2021 Election Issue - Maine Medicine Weekly

In This Issue
Lead Story
Want to Influence Your Local Government? Vote In Off-Cycle Elections
Statewide Ballot Issues
“CMP Corridor” or the “Clean Energy Corridor” - Question 1
Maine Secretary of State Resources
The Maine Secretary of State Website Has All The Logistical Information You Need
Opinion
Vote Yes on One
Yes on 1, Yes on 2, No on 3
Informational Resources
Question 2 – Bond Issue
Question 3 – Constitutional Amendment
Additional Media Resources
Local Media Links to Learn More About Your Local Issues and Candidates
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Join us for an introduction to hospice services in our 11/2 webinar: Let’s Talk Hospice!
AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
SUPPORT For ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative Webinars on November 3 & December 1
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service: MICIS presentations & Academic Detailing
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, (Kingfield, Maine)
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) - Bingham Area Health Center

 
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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.

2021 is an off-year election across the country, which means no marquee political races in most areas in country and only a limited number of statewide ballot measures. There are still several important issues Maine voters are being asked to weigh in on together, in addition to numerous local issues depending on where you live in the state. Local seats for city and town councils and school board are also many ballots.

In this Special 2021 Election Issue of Maine Medicine Weeklywe have an overview of Question 1, better known as the “CMP Corridor” or “Clean Energy Corridor,” and opinion pieces by MMA Board member, Jonathan Meserve, MD, FAAP, and State Representative/MMA member Patty Hymanson, MD. 

*Note--The views expressed are the positions of Drs. Meserve & Hymanson respectively. The MMA does not take a formal position on Question 1. Please vote regardless 

While local politics may not seem as polarized as national debates and discussions, all politics have been influenced by national media, especially during the pandemic.

Here is a short list of intensely politicized issues at the local level. Hopefully they give you an idea of how importnat it is to vote in your local elections:


 

School boards face extra pressure over mask mandates. Some worry it may discourage citizens from serving on them

Read more from Maine Public

Orono and Veazie revisit debate over adding fluoride to their water

The Orono and Veazie town councils met Monday night in a joint session to hear from opponents and proponents of adding fluoride to the public water system. Both councils would have to agree to put a question on the ballot allowing voters to decide whether the decades-old practice should continue, …”

Across the country, dozens of cities have voted in recent years to stop adding fluoride to their water supplies.

Read more from the Bangor Daily News

Mask mandate debate shapes Ellsworth school board election

Read more from the Bangor Daily News

In South Portland council races, it’s moderates against progressives

City Council races are ramping up to be a referendum on South Portland’s increasingly progressive political agenda, with two longtime city leaders stepping in to offer what they say is a more moderate approach.

Read more from the Portland Press Herald

Topsham-area school board upholds mask mandate in all MSAD 75 schools

Read more from TheTimes Record

Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards

Read more from the Associated Press via Bangor Daily News

Portland school board approves policy defining role of police in schools

Read more from the Portland Press Herald

Will politics in the United States ever return to a place where it is not so polarized, and how would this happen?Washington Post (10/29/21)

Probably not anytime soon. Political analyst Amy Walters smartly says that “angry voters vote.” When seen through that lens, it’s in politicians’ best interests to keep the polarization going strong.

Read more

Tuesday is a great opportunity to make your voice heard. The Portland Press Herald is reporting a big drop in absentee ballots this year. Start a trend of voting now. And remember, there are only 372 days until the 2022 midterm elections and 1,100 days until the 2024 election.
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