We support LD 507, a bill introduced by Rep. Ben Chipman (I-Portland). This bill, if it becomes law, will improve ballot access for representatives of small political parties. We believe that a diversity of opinions and ideas that small party candidates bring to the process improves the electorate's understanding of the issues and leads to more engagement.
The hearing on the bill will be on Monday, March 9 in Room 437 of the State House. LPME chairman Jorge Maderal is planning to testify in support of this measure. The bill summary appears below.
This bill changes the law governing a candidate's nomination by primary election for the office of Governor, United States Senator or Representative to Congress. It changes the number of signatures required on a primary petition for the office of Governor or United States Senator to be 1% of the voters enrolled in the candidate's party and residing in the candidate's electoral district as of December 1st of the year before the election or the current minimum requirement of 2,000 voters, whichever is less. It also changes the number of signatures required on a primary petition for the office of Representative to Congress to be 1% of the voters so enrolled or the current minimum of 1,000 voters, whichever is less.