An Act To Establish a Presidential Primary in the State
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§5, ¶B-2 is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§8, as amended by PL 1995, c. 459, §23, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA c. 5, sub-c. 7 is enacted to read:
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS
§ 431. Determination and date of primary; voter eligibility
§ 432. Party certification
The state committee of a party shall file the certification described in section 431, subsection 1 with the Secretary of State by December 1st of the year prior to the presidential election year. This certification must contain the following:
§ 433. Petitions
On or before July 1st of the year prior to a presidential election year, the Secretary of State shall prepare and make available petitions for circulation by a person desiring to be a contestant in the Maine presidential primary election of any party. This petition must be completed and filed at least 45 days before the primary election in the manner provided in sections 335 and 336.
§ 434. Ballot preparation; candidate eligibility
The Secretary of State shall prepare ballots for a presidential primary election under this subchapter in accordance with section 601-B.
In order to withdraw a person's name from the ballot, the affidavit must be received by the Secretary of State at least 45 days before the date designated for the presidential primary election.
§ 435. Selection of delegates
If a party chooses to participate in a presidential primary election under this subchapter, delegates to national presidential nominating conventions may be selected by the party meeting in convention under subchapter 1, article 3 at any time after the presidential primary election.
Selection of delegates must be in accordance with any reasonable procedures established at the state party convention. In the absence of any procedures established by state or national party rules, the allocation of delegates must be as follows.
§ 436. Cost
Whenever a municipality complies with the provisions of this subchapter, the State shall bear the cost incurred.
§ 437. Effective date
This subchapter takes effect July 1, 2013.
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA §601-B is enacted to read:
§ 601-B. Presidential primary ballot
The Secretary of State shall prepare presidential primary election ballots in accordance with section 434 and the following provisions.
This bill amends the presidential nomination process in the State. The bill provides that, whenever the state committee of a party certifies that there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate of the party and that the committee has voted to conduct a presidential primary election, the State shall hold a presidential primary election. Under the bill, only voters who are enrolled in the party may vote in that party's presidential primary election. Under the bill, delegates to the national convention must be allocated in proportion with the candidate votes and the uncommitted votes cast in the presidential primary election of the party.