Press Release: Ranked Choice Voting Campaign opens headquarters in Westbrook

Campaign announces goal to reach 1,000 volunteers by year-end

For Immediate Release

February 19, 2015

WESTBROOK — The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting officially opened its statewide headquarters in downtown Westbrook today. The Committee’s headquarters are located in the historic Dana Warp Mill building at 90 Bridge Street overlooking the beautiful Presumpscot River and the Saccarappa Falls.

“We’re excited to join the downtown Westbrook community,” said Campaign Manager Kyle Bailey. “This is an important community for our campaign, as we talk with voters one-on-one about the benefits of ranked choice voting for use in federal and state elections.”

The Committee’s headquarters at 90 Bridge Street, Suite 215 F, will serve as a base of operations for the campaign to recruit, train and support its statewide network of volunteers.

On Election Day 2014 and during the 10 weeks that followed, more than 400 Mainers collected signatures to put the citizen initiative for ranked choice voting on the November 2016 ballot. By the end of this year, the campaign expects that 1,000 volunteers across Maine will be knocking on doors, making calls and advocating for ranked choice voting within their communities.

“Voters who have an opportunity to learn about ranked choice voting overwhelmingly and enthusiastically support it. That’s been the experience of our volunteers across the state,” said Bailey.

The opening of the campaign’s headquarters in downtown Westbrook follows one of the fastest signature collection efforts in Maine in recent history.

"Ranked choice voting will make our electoral system more democratic,” said volunteer Holly Travers of Westbrook. “My husband and I have poured our hearts into this campaign. We’re excited to know that the campaign headquarters is in our town."

"I was inspired to help collect signatures because I was frustrated by vote splitting in this last election,” said Westbrook resident and campaign volunteer Jane Herbert.

“Strengthening our democracy isn’t a liberal, moderate or conservative idea. It’s a tradition that Mainers’ value and share,” said former Independent State Senator and Campaign Chairman Dick Woodbury. “For this very reason, our volunteers are Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Greens and Libertarians who believe in this reform and who are excited to continue talking with voters about why it’s so critical for our state.”

Mainers who are interested in volunteer opportunities with the campaign should call (207) 887-9261 or email info@rcvmaine.com.

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