No Labels Leaders Release Statements in Response to Maine Ballot Operations
Washington, DC – Today, No Labels and its leaders released statements in response to the Maine Secretary of State’s letter regarding No Labels ballot operations there.
Statement from No Labels:
“The people of Maine have a well-earned reputation for being independent-minded and that’s why we have been bringing thousands of them into the No Labels movement. Mainers have clearly expressed their desire for another choice on the ballot in 2024. No Labels’ effort is democracy in action. Every No Labels organizer in Maine was given crystal-clear instructions that they are asking citizens to change their party affiliation. We take no issue with the Secretary of State notifying these signers that they are now members of the No Labels Party in Maine. We have operated under the guidelines provided by the Maine Secretary of State, according to both the letter and spirit of the rules, and we have total confidence in our transparent engagement with Maine voters.”
Statement from No Labels National Co-Chair, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.:
“I have been involved in voter access and registration drives for decades and suggesting that a majority of Maine voters who signed up with No Labels did not know what they were doing is not true. Maine voters are intelligent, well-informed, independent minded and know what they want. No Labels will continue our legal civil rights efforts to expand ballot access for voters in Maine and across the nation.”
Statement from Dick Woodbury, former State Senator (I-Yarmouth):
"I've been a fan of No Labels for 15 years. Their collaborative approach to policymaking is what Washington desperately needs, but instead its vision of good governance has been sidelined by the complete dysfunction that dominates two-party American politics. You're darn right I want to join the new No Labels party in Maine. I have to do something. I'm energized to learn that so many Mainers have signed up to join the No Labels party already, and I encourage you to do the same, regardless of where you position yourself on the political spectrum. It's about working together instead of obstructionism and grandstanding. Count me in for No Labels Maine."
Statement from Justin Schair and Cara McCormick, No Labels Maine Co-Chairs:
“We all have a responsibility to our children and our grandchildren to bring our leaders and our country back together again to help fix our broken politics. The people of Maine have every right to join No Labels and have their voices heard. We are proud that thousands of Mainers have already joined us and that together, we have already crossed the threshold we need to get on the ballot in November 2024. While members of the two major political parties in Maine may be surprised by our success, we are not at all surprised to see just how many Maine voters are leaving the parties and registering with No Labels.”
According to the Maine Secretary of State’s office, No Labels has registered more than 6,000 voters. Attached is the voter registration card that has been completed by those who wish to join No Labels in Maine. https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/pdf/voterregcard20.pdf
No Labels is a national movement of commonsense Americans pushing our leaders together to solve our toughest problems. U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) is an honorary Co-Chair of No Labels and Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus created by No Labels. Find out more at www.nolabels.org.