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Independent Maine gubernatorial candidate Terry Hayes wants her campaign volunteers to be able to show up at polling places on primary election day to distribute and display campaign literature and materials, speak with voters and collect $5 contributions for Hayes’ clean election effort.

Newell Augur, legal counsel for the Hayes for Maine campaign, says they have been told several times they can’t do that because of a statute that places restrictions on activities at polling places by a candidate whose name appears on the ballot on that election day.

Ken Fredette, an attorney who was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2010, is among four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

Fredette is currently serving his fourth term in the House and was elected as the House Republican leader. He earned a bachelor’s from the University of Maine at Machias, a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and a master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Fredette talked with Maine Public’s Steve Mistler about what makes him stand out from his primary opponents:

Adam Cote, an attorney with Drummond Woodsum and a member of the Maine Army National Guard for more than 20 years, is among seven Democrats running for governor.

Cote is a decorated combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who also served in Bosnia. He is co-founder and CEO of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine. He served on the Sanford School Committee and on the board of the Midcoast Regional Development Authority.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine man who was disqualified from the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate is still posting signs across the state declaring he is "Trump strong.''
Bar Harbor financial planner Max Linn was disqualified from the Republican primary after Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap determined his nomination petition contained fraudulent signatures. The Portland Press Herald reports Linn's campaign confirmed Tuesday that it has been posting signs for the candidate, even though votes for Linn on June 12 will not be counted.

A federal judge has denied a request by the Maine Republican Party to block the use of ranked-choice voting in its June 12 primary election.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy means that all voters registered with one of the state-recognized political parties will use the new ranked-choice system in June.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says election officials are not shocked by Levy’s decision.

Peter Morrison / Associated Press

The central goal of any political campaign is to identify voters that are likely to support you, and motivate them. While campaign expenditures are still mostly dedicated toward broadcast media, print ads and mailings, the use of social media to target voters is starting to catch on in state campaigns.

Say you’re surfing the internet and land on a post about the race for governor — you read a few lines, then move on to funny cat videos. But then you notice the ad feed on your browser features a candidate for governor. Welcome to the world of data mining for campaigns.

Craig Olson is one of three Democrats vying to challenge Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

Olson runs an Islesboro bookstore and manages the Islesboro Transfer Station. He served for three years on the town Board of Selectmen, chairing the panel for a year. Prior to that he was the CEO of Kelmscott Rare Breeds Foundation in Lincolnville, a working farm and educational center.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Russell, a former Portland legislator, is one of seven Democrats hoping to secure her party’s nomination.

Russell served the maximum allowed four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, from 2008 to 2016. She then ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Maine Senate.

Russell works as a public relations consultant. She earned a bachelor’s at the University of Southern Maine.

Russell told Maine Public’s Patty Wight what sets her apart from the other candidates.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

Campaign ads are finally filling the airwaves, especially in the top-of-the-ticket primaries for governor, Congress and Maine's 2nd District.  Brenda Garrand and Sam Surprise are back to comment on what they see and hear.  Garrand is the owner of Garrand Mohlenkamp, Surprise runs Surprise Advertising. Garrand is also on Maine Public's board of trustees.  They gathered in our Portland studios with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

With the filing deadline of June 1, it’s not clear whether a record number of Maine independents will qualify to seek office this year. But many of them feel they have an advantage, even though they have to work harder to get elected.

By their very nature, independents are a diverse group ranging in philosophy from more conservative to strongly progressive. And they face several obstacles in getting elected over party nominees.

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Maine's Department of the Secretary of State

A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday in yet another case involving Maine’s landmark ranked-choice voting law.

Independent candidates for governor, Congress and the Legislature were at the State House in Augusta Monday to compare notes on running as independents.

Several candidates pointed out that while they are all unenrolled, they don’t all agree on issues. But state Rep. Kent Ackley of Monmouth, who is seeking re-election, says they do share an overarching belief.

“One of the things the independents all agree on is that we should keep talking. And that is what is missing from Augusta,” he says.