An Act To Reestablish a Presidential Primary System in Maine
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§5, ¶B-3 is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA c. 5, sub-c. 8 is enacted to read:
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS
§ 441. Determination and date of primary; voter eligibility
§ 442. Petitions
On or before November 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 no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 21st of the year prior to a presidential election year in the manner provided in sections 335 and 336.
§ 443. Ballot preparation
The Secretary of State shall prepare ballots for a presidential primary election. A ballot must include the name of a person who files with the Secretary of State a petition in accordance with section 442. The Secretary of State shall determine if a petition meets the requirements of sections 335, 336 and 442, subject to challenge and appeal under section 337.
This bill makes permanent the temporary provisions in law for presidential primaries that were repealed on December 1, 2018.