Update from Maine: 60 days until Election Day
September 07, 2012
Greetings from Portland, Maine, where I'm spending the week working with Mainers United for Marriage! In 60 days from today, Mainers will head to the polls and decide whether or not their state will be the first to extend marriage to same-sex couples at the ballot box.
No matter what, we know that the vote will be close on November 6th, which is why Mainers United isn't wasting a single opportunity to talk to voters, recruit more volunteers, and build the strongest campaign that we possibly can.
Just today, Mainers United announced that the growing coalition to win the freedom to marry has reached 100 members. The coalition includes a diverse array of labor organizations, faith leaders, local businesses and elected officials who are committed to securing a victory at the ballot this year. You can read more about today's announcement here and see the full list of coalition members here.
But that's far from the only excitement on the campaign. Just walk into the campaign headquarters and Portland and you'll hear countless organizers and volunteers on the phone, eagerly talking with voters and supporters about why marriage matters and urging them to vote yes for marriage in November.
Helping the campaign to win marriage is simple, and if you live in Maine, the campaign needs you to take action between now and Election Day. Here are a few ways you can get involved today:
- Volunteer at a phone bank or canvass: Face-to-face conversations with voters about why marriage matters for same-sex couples will be the difference between winning and losing on November 6th. Mainers United is talking with voters each day and there is no shortage of volunteer opportunities each week. Click here to see a list of volunteer opportunities and sign up for at least one shift now.
- Attend the rally next week: Marriage will officially be Question 1 on the Maine ballot this year and if we want marriage to pass, we need supporters to vote Yes on 1! Next Monday September 10th, Mainers United will launch the official "Yes on 1" campaign with a kick-off rally at Portland's City Hall at 1:00. Click here for more details about the rally.
- Host a house party: Mainers United has set a goal of organizing 100 house parties around the state between now and Election Day. They're already halfway to their goal but need your help to reach 100! They'll give you all the resources and support you need to host a successful party and you'll even be entered to win a weekend getaway in Ogunquit. Commit to hosting your house party by clicking here.
- Not in Maine? Then take a vacation! Check out United for Marriage -- a joint project of Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force -- and plan your "volunteer vacation" to Maine, Maryland, Minnesota or Washington. Supporters of marriage from around the country are uniting to help the four ballot states because we know that this year is our tipping point. Sign up for a volunteer vacation now and help us make history.