Same-day registration

The Republican vote against same-day registration and for photo identification papers at the polls has nothing to do with voter fraud. Despite strident protests from the flag-draped right, it has everything to do with suppressing the vote of first-time voters, minorities and the elderly or disabled.

Voter fraud is not a problem in Maine and conservatives know that. In 30 years, there has been only one case of voter fraud prosecuted in Maine, but fraud is the myth they so dutifully parrot. The truth is that low voter turnout favors Republicans.

Perhaps the right could save time by amending the U.S. Constitution to allow a return of the voter regulations of 1811. To vote, you would have to be white, male and a real property owner at least 21 years of age. That should all but guarantee perpetual Republican victories. Then Maine's Legislature could get to the real conservative agenda and establish government by divine right, eliminating the need for elections and those pesky voters.

By the way, it was a Farmington Republican who sponsored the bill establishing same-day voting in 1972, a year when Maine ranked 21st in turnout. I assume Sen. Elden Shute has been run out of the GOP posthumously because, largely as a result of his bill, in 2008 Maine ranked third in the nation. And, we all know what happened in 2008.

Tony Nazar, Wilton

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

That's right. All the Bates,

That's right. All the Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby students, just to name a few, who register and vote in Lewiston, Brunswick, and Waterville; then, go register to vote in their home towns, wherever they may be from. Do yo really think that isn't happening? I've alway thought you to be more aware than that.

First and foremost

People have gotten lazy. When you move to a different community or state one of the first things to do is to register. People who don't are complacent. It is a disease that spreads. Town clerk/registars should not have the chore on the same day as voting. Wake up Maine. Change your lazy habits and make people more responsible. Stop bickering about Democrats and republicans. Why doesn't Maine be a leader in getting rid of the party system all together. People run for office on their abilities and knowledge and real insight of what is needed in Maine. The party system has ruined Maine and the nation.

Dave Wilson's picture

100% correct

absolutely no need for a party system anymore.

Tony Morin's picture


When I moved back to Maine from Massachusetts, registering to vote wasn't even in the top 500 on my things to do list.

Mark Wrenn's picture

money shot

And here's the real money shot: Charlie Webster, Chairman Maine GOP: "If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people," Webster said in an interview Thursday. "Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections." Intentionally steal elections by legally voting? Really? It's stealing to NOT vote for a GOP teahadist?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You've heard of it,'s

You've heard of it,'s the old democrat battle cry; VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN.
That's REALLY why they don't favor eliminating same day registration. Pretty transparent, eh?

Mark Wrenn's picture


Why, you must have dozens, or even hundreds, possibly thousands of examples, right? No? None?


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