Restore voting rights

Voters' rights should never be taken away on the whims of politicians.

For almost 40 years, Maine citizens have had the right to register and vote on the same day. Now, the Republican-led Maine Legislature, with no cases of voter fraud, has taken that right away.

I will vote "yes" on Question 1 to restore voting rights.

Ann Jani, Rangeley

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

How can you restore something

How can you restore something that was never taken away?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

No, No, No, on question 1!

No, No, No, on question 1! There is no loss of voting rights. Everyone eligible to vote, can vote.

Jonathan McKane's picture

There are no "rights" being

There are no "rights" being taken away. And the potential for fraud in Maine is higher than in any other state. Vote NO.

David  Cote's picture

Undisclosed motives

Since I'm a registered voter it's implied this question has no bearing upon my standing. However, if I were an unregistered voter, I can simply walk into my town office and register with no fuss. Any unregistered voter may do so on any day the town office they reside in is open. No rights have been taken away and that argument is completely false. My question is why this question concerns currently registered voters? Better yet, why does the lack of same day registration irritate only the left? Wrapping your true motives in false reasoning is hypocriscy at it's finest. It casts the left in the same, distorted light as the right wingers in their efforts to eliminate same day registration. Their motives revolve around voter fraud, which is a ridiculous reason. It's all about both side desiring to control the polls.

Christopher Strout's picture

What right has been taken

What right has been taken away from voters with the law? NONE! You still have every right to vote, the only difference is that now you have to take it on yourself to make sure that you register in a timely fashion. Almost every state already has laws like this on the books. Most states take it to the point of at least a week in advance you have to register. I would like for you to show me anywhere in the bill of rights where it says you have the right to register to vote on election day...

Jason Theriault's picture

Thats an easy one

Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Tenth Amendment – Powers of States and people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

That said, why do you support this? I though small, less cumbersome government was your goal. This just adds red tape with provisional ballots and whatnot. It does ZERO in preventing fraud. If you had read the bill, you would know there are ZERO requirements for checking if the voter voted in more than one place. The only checks are if they are truly a resident. But with residency requirements so open, there can be no real way of denying it.

Christopher Strout's picture

Where specificly does that

Where specificly does that say that you have the right to register to vote the day of the election. It doesn't. All that amendment states ,or implies, is that you have a right to vote. Not that you have a right of when you can register to vote.

Jason Theriault's picture

It doesn't

But just because it doesn't doesn't mean it isn't a right.

Now, I answered yours, answer mine - Why do you favor enlarging the government and increasing red tape with no proven results?

Christopher Strout's picture

I will start with increasing

I will start with increasing "red tape" as you refer to it as. This law holds the people accountable for themselves instead of the government being responsible financially for the peoples failure to plan ahead. As for your question of why I am for enlarging the government, I am not. I am for reducing government. This law makes it so government doesn't have have extra people around on election day which in fact reduces the size of government not increases it as you suggest. Now answer a question of mine. Why are you for more government and more government waste?

Jason Theriault's picture


You should really read the law. Just the "Provisional" Ballot part should result in a ton more work and red tape.

Christopher Strout's picture

I do have to admit that I had

I do have to admit that I had to reread the law before I responded to your comment. I can tell from rereading it that to someone that just looks at the law without really reading and understanding it will think that it is a "ton" more work and red tape. But if you were to actually read what is written you would understand that the amount of work is not that much. Most of what that section of the law states the exact procedure in order of how it has to be done. The whole process should take about 10 to 15 minutes to do. The way it is written goes thru the entire if this happens if that happens. It might be alittle more red tape, but it is the part of the law that I see preventing the voter fraud that could happen.


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