An Act To Implement 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 §335, sub-§6, as amended by PL 2015, c. 474, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §335, sub-§8, as amended by PL 2015, c. 474, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 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 candidate in the state 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 a petition with the Secretary of State in accordance with section 432. The Secretary of State shall determine if a petition meets the requirements of sections 335, 336 and 432, subject to challenge and appeal under section 337.
This bill implements a presidential primary election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of the presidential election year, and provides a process for the parties to participate if they certify to the Secretary of State by November 1st of the year prior to the presidential election year that they have a contest among candidates for nomination.