Maine political parties prepare to caucus

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PORTLAND — Presidential politics will take center stage in Maine in early March when political parties caucus to discuss issues and select delegates to the state and national conventions.

Republican caucuses in Cumberland County will be held Saturday, March 5, at three locations. In Sagadahoc County, Bath and Topsham Republicans will caucus at Bowdoin Central School, 1460 Main St. GOP caucus times, locations and schedules are online at mainegop.com/caucus.

Democrats will caucus Sunday, March 6, at locations throughout Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties. Times and places can be found at mainedems.org.

Maine Green Independent Party caucuses will be held the week of March 7-13, with the exception of a Thursday, March 3, caucus in Freeport. Places and times are at mainegreens.org.

Party enrollment is required for caucus participation. Anyone who is eligible to vote in Maine and will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov. 8, may participate.

Unenrolled voters can register in a party in advance at their municipal office, or can enroll the day of the caucus, when municipal clerks or registrars will be available before the caucuses start.

It’s too late, however, for enrolled party members to switch their affiliation; Feb. 19 was the deadline for changes.

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