My mother is 88 years old, lives in Auburn and due to her vision impairment, she can’t get her driver’s license renewed. We want to travel so are trying to get a Maine photo ID. It is not as easy as it seems.
I sent to her birth state to get her birth certificate. It arrived quickly, but without a name. I can’t believe it. My mother needed to get an affidavit signed and notarized stating who she is to send back to Ohio. And we are still waiting. We are planning to use the identification to get on an airplane.
I am so thankful the Republicans and Charlie Summers didn’t get the photo ID law passed that would have been required in order to vote. My mother, a lifelong Republican who even worked most of her life as a ballot clerk, wouldn’t be allowed to vote with that restriction.
How many other people would be unable to use their primary right to vote with that restriction? It’s just not as simple as some politicians state, and many decisions will be made at the polls on Election Day.
We live in a wonderful state, the state of Maine. No matter a person’s political party, we all have the right and privilege of voting for our government. And I believe that right doesn’t need to be challenged when there is no voter fraud.
There is no reason to make it more difficult to vote.
Jane Chandler, Bryant Pond