A common-sense solution

The Sun Journal editorial board obviously supports same-day voter registration laws.

Ever since the enactment by the Legislature of the modest proposal to change the law requiring new voters to register two days early, the Sun Journal has supported the position advocated by several special-interest groups.

The reasonable, common-sense change in Maine law simply protects the election system by allowing an inspection period similar to laws in 42 other states.

The fact that 19 people, staying at a hotel, used their hotel address as proof of residency should concern all voters. A two-day inspection period would have allowed a process where those temporary hotel voters could have been challenged and those votes would not have been allowed.

Maine law clearly requires new voters to declare residency.

Maine law does not allow anyone to become a resident for the day. Maine law does not allow traveling students or traveling nurses or visiting family members to become a resident for the day.

Without an inspection period, how do election officials assure that only qualified Maine residents vote?

The answer is we can't, and the simple solution was to establish an inspection period under Maine law.

Common sense dictates that 42 other states have an inspection period for a reason — they understand that every effort must be made to maintain the security of the election process.

I support a "no" vote on Question 1 to protect the integrity of Maine's elections.

Charles Webster, Farmington

Editor's note: The 19 students referenced above were not traveling to Maine for one day. They were full-time students enrolled at St. Joseph's College after having been displaced from their Caribbean medical school by a hurricane in 2004, and were being housed at the South Portland hotel because the college dorms were full. See Symm vs. United States on the constitutionality of voting rights of full-time students.

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Joe Morin's picture

Isn't it amazing that...

...you can stand the smell of the trash that constantly flows from your mouth.

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Wake up Charlie.

Just recently Maine was given a very high honor. It was listed as having one of the highest rates of participation in the country.
One reported compilation took numbers over the last 30 years, Maine was ranked #3 in the country in overall participation, the number used combined number of eligible voters registered with the number that turned out to vote.

RONALD RIML's picture

Can those

cristian schools teach you to spel???

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Oops!!!That parrot's done it

Oops!!!That parrot's done it to me again. Sorry, Veritas. Disregard my last transmission.

RONALD RIML's picture

Eh Paul....

Then ya better stop swillin' "Old Parrot" and find yourself some nice aged single malt ;)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

If you're calling the

If you're calling the vernacular "gotta luv" misspelling, you're stretching a little there, aren't you, Bro?

Joe Morin's picture

Robert save your energy

"Why does the SJ continually allow this man ink for his lies. Rebutting his lies isn't enough" This was quoted from Dan written in this very same article. Kind of ironic, huh? Dan is the only person that I know that makes fun of people for going to college. Where did he go?

Jason Theriault's picture

Ahhh, I remeber 'cristian' skool

We learned about Gesaws Crist and how he crewsafied with a sign saying "king of the Joos"

RONALD RIML's picture

For the Editor

The case you want to read is not Symm vs. United States; that Supreme Court Decision merely upheld a decision made by a three Judge Texas Federal District Court without opinion (other than minority dissent).

The Applicable Court Case is United States v. State of Texas, 445 F. Supp. 1245 - Dist. Court, SD Texas 1978

RONALD RIML's picture

Here is a Case

Of Obvious 'Letter Write Fraud'

'Charles Webster' wrote this letter as though he were merely "Joe Letter Writer"

He isn't. In fact he's the Chairman of the Maine Republican Party who last July stated he uncovered more than 200 cases of possible voter fraud.

These have been investigated by the Maine Secretary of State, who reported - that at most, he can find only one case of possible fraud relating to a non-citizen voting nine years ago.

Charlie - Partisan Politics Whack-Job - Webster has one intent - and one intent only; and that is to disenfranchise those voter who may possibly vote against his interests.

The only question is how far he will sink to attain his ends.

I don't know if the ocean is that deep.

Jason Theriault's picture

I love this

They print the letter, and then right under it why he's full of s***.

Made me smile.

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"A common-sense solution" requires a problem first there Chuckie. No problem - no solution. Maybe it's just me, but isn't there a much larger potential for fraud when the head of the Maine GOP routinely returns stacks of absentee ballots?

Jim Cyr's picture


is the big problem here! The Big Brothers & Sisters in Augusta need to standardize in all there cumbersome regulations as to what constitutes "Residency". The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing!!

RONALD RIML's picture

They have, Jim....,.

And your "Ignorance of the Law" is No Excuse.....

And Jim - you are obviously ignorant of the fact that 'Residency for Voter Purposes' has already been written in Maine Revised Statutes (Law) for quite some time.

I direct your attention to Title 21-A Elections, Section 112: Residence for Voting Purposes

It appears 'Oscar the Grouch' living in his Garbage Can is even eligible.

"15. Nontraditional residence. A person may have a nontraditional residence, including, but not limited to a shelter, park or underpass. A person's residency is not subject to challenge on the sole basis that the person has a nontraditional residence."

Jim Cyr's picture

Mr. Rimi

If you think the quoted verbose Title 21 is even near a standardized regulation for "all the scattered residency requirements for the different regulations", then you and I, my friend are on a totally different page. You "spin" to your interpretations instead of K-I-S-S-. I'll try a more simplistic version of "standard" the same residency requirement for drivers license, hunting, auto registration, voting, and etc.......... So Mr. Rimi, keep having your kicks on Denial St.

RONALD RIML's picture


It's not a 'Standardized Regulation'

It's a Law. Which you weren't even aware of. So now you're hissing like a viper.....

Jim Cyr's picture

It's a

Regulation. The Constitution is "The Law"!

RONALD RIML's picture

You're obviously

not aware of 'Cop's Law #1'

"No reasoning nor arguing with drunk or crazy people"

I'm invoking it, Jim. You can go back to whatever it is that qualifies you.

RONALD RIML's picture

Don't silence him......

It's best to air his ignorance, subterfuge, and deviousness for all to see.

Like the fun I had with someone here who had no idea that 'Voting Residency' has already been codified in Maine State Statute.

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I've often wondered, especially in this case. In airing Websters idiocy does it do his side of the argument harm? Or does it boost it by just splashing the headline that he wants seen out there?
IMO, and I'v no expert, there are so many people just reading the headline that it gets a point across no matter how stupid it is. Just like LePaage's buffalo count, tire ruts are vernal pools etc etc etc. It seems to me that many politicians (here in Maine they appear mostly in the GOP) will gladly stopp to idiotic lies, half truths and myth because it seems to get them so far.
In response to Websters idiocy, exactly what system are the town clerks using to check registrations? Since none of the 200 some and 19 more that Webster pointed to, the 500 some that Summers looked at, or the 70,000 some entered on election day in 2008 and 2010 have been checked as yet. Nothing, no checks, to confirmation, nothing. Want to really overload the town clerks? Make them check out each and every voter registration in their towns.
Fact of life in the US, much of our daily lives are ruled by "The Honor System" always has been, always will be. In this case, here in Maine, it's obviously worked pretty well.


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