Max Linn

Max Linn, a financial planner who lives in Bar Harbor and independent candidate for U.S. Senate, joins us for a Your Vote 2020 interview.

A challenge of an independent candidate for U.S. Senate has been withdrawn, clearing the way for Max Linn to appear on the November ballot.

Linn, a Bar Harbor businessman, is running for Senate in a race where the high-profile candidates are Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins and Democrat Sara Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House.

Former state Sen. Mary Small of Bath, a Republican, challenged the validity of Linn's nominating petitions. Her attorney notified the secretary of state on Friday that she was withdrawing the challenge

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's secretary of state has scheduled a hearing about a challenge of the petitions filed by an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Supporters of a U.S. Senate candidate who was disqualified from the Republican primary election in Maine are apparently unloading campaign signs in neighboring New Hampshire.
Signs with Max Linn's name and the slogan "Trump strong'' have appeared in Dover, New Hampshire.
The Portland Press Herald reports that New Hampshire officials are not amused. They say he's violating the law with the placement of the signs and the fact he's not running for office in New Hampshire. Officials said the signs must be removed within 24 hours.

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.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has reaffirmed a lower court’s decision that invalidated the candidacy of Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Max Linn.

Linn, a financial planner who lives in Bar Harbor, had appealed a ruling by Kennebec Superior Court Judge William Stokes, who found that the secretary of state acted appropriately when he invalidated a number of signature petitions submitted by Linn’s campaign.

Max Linn Campaign

A Superior Court Judge has upheld the Secretary of State’s decision to invalidate more ballot petition signatures for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn.

The ruling leaves Linn ten signatures short of the 2,000 he needs to qualify for the ballot.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn of Bar Harbor should not qualify for the June primary ballot.

A judge has ordered Maine's secretary of state to reopen a probe into Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn's petition to be on the ballot.

The judge told Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Friday to accept new evidence from the campaign of Eric Brakey of Auburn, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate.

Both candidates are seeking to challenge incumbent independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. Democrat Zak Ringelstein has also entered the race.

Max Linn campaign

The Secretary of State says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, even though more than 200 of them were ruled invalid, including several of people who are dead. 

The findings followed a challenge filed by the campaign of state Sen Eric Brakey, a Republican hoping to unseat independent U.S. Sen Angus King in the fall.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public/file

The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Brakey is challenging whether his Maine primary opponent has qualified for the ballot.

Brakey, a state senator from Auburn, filed an official protest Thursday with Maine election officials against Bar Harbor Republican Max Linn, citing an array of irregularities with Linn's ballot petitions. Brakey's campaign asserts that it found petitions that were signed by people who are deceased, duplicates and inconsistencies with signatures by a notary.