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Protecting Voting Rights in Maine (Augusta)
February 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
On Wednesday, February 15, the Maine Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Commmittee will consider two bills to make it harder for people to vote in Maine.
LD 121 would require Mainers to present photo ID at the polls in order to vote. 21 million Americans do not have government-issued photo identification; many of these Americans cannot afford to pay for the required documents needed to secure one. Voter ID laws disproportionately affect poor people, elderly people, people in rural communities and people of color
LD 155 would require increased scrutiny of voters who list a college dorm as their residence. Many college students are participating in their first elections. This bill is designed to confuse them and scare them away from voting in Maine.
Both of these bills manipulate the rules to make it harder for some people to vote – which amounts to voter suppression.
Join us to pack the hearing room and send the message to Maine’s legislators that we won’t let them roll back voting rights.
ACLU of Maine, Equality Maine, League of Women Voters of Maine, Maine People’s Alliance, Maine Voices Network, Maine Women’s Lobby and NAACP-Maine