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