It's really quite simple

To be honest, I can’t quite figure out what all the fuss is about. When I took high school history — heck, when I took elementary school social studies — we learned that one of the most fundamental rights we hold as Americans is the right to vote. That’s what it means to be a democracy: Everyone has a voice when decisions are made.

A rich man’s voice is no more important than that of a poor man, or a poor woman.

It seems to me as if some people are tying themselves in knots trying to convince the rest of us that there is a problem with the state's voting system. I don’t get that.

Maine’s high voter turnout is something people here seem to do better than almost anywhere else in the country. Why would anyone want to change that?

For 40 years, Maine's system has worked just fine. Months of accusations and investigations have turned up nothing. There is no fire. There is not even any smoke — just the smoke that certain state officials are trying to blow in voters' eyes.

I am a strong supporter of same-day voter registration because I think it is in the best interest of democracy to encourage everyone’s participation. It really is that simple.

I will support Question 1 on Nov. 8.

Colleen Quint, Minot

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

No one is denied the right to

No one is denied the right to vote without same day voter registration, either. That's nothing more than a democrat gimmick in their hopes of garnering as many illegitimate votes as they possibly can. Absence of same day voter registration thwarts that purpose and the democrats hate it.

David  Cote's picture

What is the effect?

I will assume most everyone with an opinion on this subject is cirrently registered to vote legally in this state. Count me among those that are registered as well. That being said, how does this issue affect anyone already registered to vote? I don't get the urgency displayed on the subject other than each side plugging their political agendas. I don't care if John Q. Public pre registers or registers on the day of an election. It doesn't affect me at all. I'm more concerned about who and what's on the ballot than the manner in which the population registers. And if you're not registered then get out from behind your keyboard or put your smartphone in your pocket and go register. If you have the time to complain and rant about it then you also have the time to register. And please, save the "it takes the right to vote from voters that haven't registered" argument. That gripe is the biggest load of steaming waste I've heard on the subject.

David  Cote's picture

The numbers...

I'm sure most are aware there are only eight states and the District of Columbia that allow same day voter registration. Two other states, Connecticut and Rhode Island do allow same day registration only for Presidential elections. Then there's North Dakota's quirky standing that doesn't require voter registration at all. Among the states that do not allow it are New York, Massachusetts, California and Vermont. Not exactly the hubs of the conservative mindset. Last November this state elected a conservative individual Governor despite having same day voter registration in place. I don't understand why the left is so up in arms about maintaining same day registration since it didn't help your cause any in 2010. At the same time I don't understand why the right wants to do away with it other than to keep their numbers up in Augusta's chambers. After all, the 2010 elections proved they could win with same day registration in place. And I reject the conservative viewpoint that voter fraud exists within the parameters of the same day registration environment. The way I view it this issue has become a double paradox, if there is such a thing. This issue is a classic example of what happens when hordes of people get too wrapped up in their politics. When that happens the blinders are welded to those folk's mindsets and alternate opinions are denounced and cast aside like a fruit cake at Christmas. I don't get worked up over this issue because it's not worth getting worked up over. I don't believe allowing or prohibiting same day voter registration has much of an effect on the final results. To me, recent elections have proven that.

 's picture

So when you took elementary

So when you took elementary school social studies did you pay attention? If so you would know this country is a representative republic and not a democracy and you would know what the difference is. Also you would know that elections are scheduled months in advance and well publicized so any normal person could plan for it unless you are the average democrat voter in a drug or alcohol induced haze.

 's picture

So she's wrong...

...because you found a technicality and that negates her entire argument. Get a life.

Jason Theriault's picture

Look up "Representative democracy"

The United States is considered a complex Representative democracy.

There is no excuse to making it harder to vote, yet this seems to be a common theme since the 2010 elections across the nation.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

It doesn't make it harder to

It doesn't make it harder to vote; it makes it harder to cheat. Big difference.

Jason Theriault's picture

How?

It doesn't make it harder to cheat, it makes it harder to vote for everyone. And besides, the only way to know if someone cheats is to check if they voted twice. You can theoretically be registered in all places because there is no requirement to un-register.

Nope, the primary goal was to make it harder for young people to register, because young people tend to vote democratic.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Nope, the primary goal was

"Nope, the primary goal was to make it harder for young people to register, because young people tend to vote democratic". If your allegation is true, it carries with it the additional truth that young people, I presume we're talking about out of state college students here, have opportunity to vote more than once in different locations. That's what the change in the law is/was attempting to prevent.

Jason Theriault's picture

Well, it's not doing it

Repeat after me - It is not illegal to be registered to vote in multple places.

However, what's illegal is voting multiple times. The only way your gonna catch that is after the person votes. That's the time to be cautious, not before.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Repeat after me; "I am

Repeat after me; "I am entitled to my opinions and others are entitled to theirs". There, that wasn't so hard was it?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Truth to you is but a lie

Truth to you is but a lie undiscovered.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

If there was ever any doubt

If there was ever any doubt that you and your herd are spending too much time at the "farm", those last two sentences of yours have pretty well erased all doubt.

Bernice Fraser's picture

same day registration

You go to the town hall for your car registration, your fishing/hunting license, you make time to do these task, there are never any problems. But when it comes to voting you don't have the means or the time to get there a few weeks early? You can even call your town office and they will mail you a registration card to fill out. You know election day is coming unless your living under a rock so there is no excuse. I work with many homebound elderly and they have no problems registrating or voting.
I have lived in many different states and they all had from 2 weeks to one month proior to election to registrate.

Jason Theriault's picture

Guess what?

Car registrations are effective the same day
Fishing licenses are effective the same day.

And for alot of these voters, this is their first time voting, so yeah, they may not know what they have to do. To you and I, it's old hat, but to someone who is unfamiliar, they can get caught off guard. That doesn't mean you get to strip them of their vote. Everyone getting to have their say in how our government runs is fundamental to how our system should run. And EVERY time someone has tried to limit who votes through technicalities like poll taxes, literacy tests, ect, history has always saw them as in the wrong.

And I honestly don't give a damn what other states do. Dirigo doesn't mean "I'm cool with whatever you guys want". We have had this law in place for 40 years with no issues. Either show me why it's a problem, or knock it off.

Nick Gagnon's picture

Glad to see that Democrats

Glad to see that Democrats aren't prepared and that Republicans register early and are prepared. That's pretty much all your last statement said.

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