We the People: Democracy Depends on Us

Welcome to the ACLU of Maine's annual event, We the People: Democracy Depends on Us. This year, we celebrate those who fought to expand the right to vote. And we’re mobilizing, so that we do not lose this precious right to voter suppression efforts.

Please enjoy the program by viewing the video below.

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Learn more about the topics discussed during the event, and concrete actions you can take to support the right to vote.

Tribal Sovereignty

  • Support the Wabanaki Alliance
  • Since recording the annual event, it has become unlikely the Legislature will go into special session. This means LD 2094 will die without a vote. Nevertheless, you can reach out to your state officials and urge them to support tribal sovereignty and implement the recommendations of the Maine Indian Claims Task Force.
    • Contact Governor Janet Mills
      Janet T. Mills
      Governor of Maine
      1 State House Station
      Augusta, ME 04333
      E-mail: governor@maine.gov
       
    • Contact Attorney General Aaron Frey
      Aaron Frey
      Maine Attorney General
      6 State House Station
      Augusta, ME 04333

Vote in November

  • Register to vote. Fill out and return your voter registration form. You can print the form at home, you can go to your town clerk's office and fill it out there, or ask your town clerk to mail it to you. Find your clerk's contact information here.
  • Request your absentee ballot online or call your town clerk's office to have them mail it to you.
  • Remember to return your absentee ballot early. You can mail it, or drop it off in-person with your town clerk, or drop it off in a secure dropbox (if your community has one).
  • Tell your families and friends! Help them register to vote and request their absentee ballot. And give them a friendly nudge to return their absentee ballot early.

Support Voting Rights

Featured Speakers & Performers

Sophia Lin Lakin

Sophia Lin Lakin is the Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. Sophia has active cases protecting voting rights and combatting voter suppression across the country. She is currently litigating a number of cases to ensure that all voters are able to cast ballots safely during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, including in Georgia, Missouri, and Tennessee. Sophia is a frequent commentator on voting rights issues, presenting at conferences and conducting voting rights trainings nationwide. She speaks regularly to both national and local media on a wide range of topics that touch on voting rights.

Before joining the ACLU, Sophia clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Sophia received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She also received her M.S. in Management Science & Engineering and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Krystal Williams

Krystal Williams is an attorney with Bernstein Shur, who focuses on public utility regulation and renewable energy development, and a board member of the ACLU of Maine. She is the founder of the Alpha Institute, which promotes representation and inclusion of people of color and other marginalized groups in Maine’s legal profession. Before practicing law, Krystal spent more than a decade at Deere & Company, a Fortune 500 company, holding senior program and management positions. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Krystal is an avid hiker who has thru-hiked all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

She holds a J.D., cum laude, from University of Maine School of Law, an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology from Williams College.

Signature Soul

Signature Soul is the eclectic duo of Marco Soulo & Signature MiMi. Through their musically poetic embodiment, community-cultivating adventures and genuine passion for spreading love, Signature Soul intend to raise the collective consciousness one Soul at a time. They faciliate workshops, coach new and experienced creatives, and consult with groups and organizations. They believe in sustaining an interdependent network of artistic activists, free thinkers and community connectors, dedicated to making our world more creative and "peace-full."

JanaeSound

JanaeSound (BMI) harnesses an unforgettable voice that stirs the soul. The powerhouse rock singer hails from St. Louis, where she began cultivating her love of music at the tender age of nine through the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Known for her laser focus and unshakeable drive, FloRida tapped JanaeSound to open for him on NOW 96.3, NOW Night Out. Based in Portland, Maine, JanaeSound has performed at numerous festivals and venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Texas. In Maine, she has been featured in Maine Today, the Bangor Daily News, Old Port Magazine and Portland Magazine. Her music can be heard on WMPG, WHOM WCYY, WBLM , WCLZ and WHSN.

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