As House Democrats continue to highlight the need to protect voting rights, we wanted to draw your attention to yesterday’s vote in Maine, where voters solidly overturned a Republican-passed law ending same-day voter registration on Election Day. The right to register at one’s polling place had been a Maine mainstay for over forty years until the Republican-controlled state legislature in June enacted a law requiring voters to register at least two days in advance.
For many Maine residents eligible to vote but not yet registered, this could have led to many arriving at their polling sites expecting to register and vote only to be turned away. Yesterday’s vote was a firm rejection of attempts to manipulate elections by making it harder for people to vote.
By Associated Press, Published: November 8
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters have repealed a law requiring voters to enroll at least two days before an election, restoring a four-decade policy of allowing registrations as late as Election Day.
With 30 percent of Maine’s precincts reporting, the proposal to repeal the newly enacted requirement was passed Tuesday with 59 percent of the vote.
The referendum was put on the ballot through a people’s veto initiative after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a law in June requiring voters to register at least two business days before an election is held. Maine’s tradition of allowing same-day voter registrations began with a law passed in 1973.
Spokesman David Farmer of the Yes on One campaign calls this “a big night for voters in Maine.”