• Each qualified political party must hold a biennial municipal caucus in at least one municipality in a minimum of 14 counties for the purpose of electing delegates to a state convention and for any other business. (Title 21-A, §301)
1. Call. The caucus may be called by the chair or a majority of the members of the municipal committee of a political party. If the municipal committee fails to call a caucus, the county committee may call the caucus. At the request of that committee municipal officers shall provide available space in a public building for a caucus. A municipality may hold its caucus outside the municipality if several municipalities elect to meet on a consolidated basis or if the committee calling the caucus determines that a facility outside the municipality is more suitable. (more info)
2. Time. A biennial municipal caucus of any party must be held during the general election year before March 20th (between Jan 1st to March 19th). (more info)
3. Public Notice Must Be Given. The secretary of the committee shall have a notice of the caucus published in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality at least 3 and not more than 7 days before it is to be held, or shall post a notice in a conspicuous, public place in each voting district in the municipality at least 7 days before the caucus. The notice must contain the name of the party, the time and place of the caucus and the name of the person calling it.
- A. If the notice is not published as required by this subsection, the caucus is void if challenged by any voter eligible to participate in the caucus who was prejudiced by the failure to publish notice. [2005, c. 387, §3 (AMD).]
- The secretary of the committee shall file a copy of the notice with the clerk who shall record it. [2005, c. 387, §3 (AMD).]
4. Procedure. The chair of the municipal committee shall open the caucus. In the chair's absence, the secretary or any resident voter enrolled in the party may open the caucus. The caucus shall elect a secretary and a chair in that order. The chair of the caucus shall then preside over the caucus and the secretary shall record the proceeding of the caucus. The caucus shall determine its own parliamentary procedure.
5. If no municipal committee currently exists: If there is no municipal committee, any resident voter enrolled in the party may call a special caucus for the purpose of electing a municipal committee following the notice procedure of subsection 3 (Public Notice Must Be Given, above).
- A county committee may call the caucus for if a municipal committee fails to do so. If the municipal clerk provides a caucus list to the county committee, this fulfills the requirement in Title 21-A, section 312 – should a municipal committee member request a voting list at a later date, the municipal committee would not be eligible for a free list.
- A caucus may be held outside the municipality if several municipalities elect to meet on a consolidated basis. If a political party chooses to hold a regional caucus (two or more municipalities from a certain area caucusing together in a central location, like the Midcoast Greens, or the Merrymeeting Greens), the Registrar of Voters for each municipality participating in the caucus must attend the regional caucus, even if the caucus is held outside of the Registrar’s municipality.
6. During the gubernatorial election year, the registrar shall attend the biennial municipal caucus of each qualified party for at least 30 minutes preceding the commencement of the caucus at the location where the caucus is being held .
7. During the presidential election year, the registrar shall attend the biennial municipal caucus of each qualified party for at least one hour preceding the commencement of the caucus at the location where the caucus is being held. The registrar shall accept the registrations and enrollments of all qualified voters who attempt to register and enroll, and all persons so registered and enrolled may participate in their party caucus. The registrar shall allow all persons to register or enroll who are present at the caucus at the end of the 30-minute or one-hour registration period. [2009, c. 253, §14 (AMD).]
Set date for caucus.
Notify municipal clerk, reserve space.
Order complete municipal list of registered voters.
Post sufficient public notice of caucus.
Notify enrolled Green Independents about the caucus.
Report caucus data to your assigned caucus coordinator.
Greatly increase the attendance of your caucus by notifying enrolled party members! Lists of phone numbers and addresses are available to caucus organizers.