House Democratic Office
July 29, 2011
Democratic Radio Address –
Election Day registration good for Democracy
Good morning, I’m Rep.
Thank you for tuning in.
While you’re out you may see volunteers collecting signatures to help overturn a law passed by the Republican legislature that limits voting rights.
During the legislative session, Republicans in
Eliminating Election Day registration is bad for Democracy. It makes it harder for Mainers to vote. It is a solution in search of a problem.
Some proponents of the law say it will eliminate fraud.
But even the Republican Secretary of
State wrote in the Bangor Daily News and have given public testimony that
In fact, the records show there have only been two cases of fraud in the last 38 years.
Just this week Republican party chair Charlie Webster
tried to mislead the public by creating a list of college students who both paid
out-of-state tuition and registered to vote in
The stunt reeked of Cold-War era McCarthyism, where a political figure created fear and spread allegations without any fact. They even had a secret list!
Despite Webster’s effort to mislead the public, the facts remain the same.
It is illegal to vote in two places. If anyone – college student or not -- does that, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
But registering to vote in the town where you live and paying out-of state tuition has nothing to do with election fraud.
It’s that simple. You may register to vote where you live.
The right to vote in
Webster’s attack on young people choosing to
pursue an education in
Eliminating Election Day Registration won’t change the fact that students can both register to vote in the town where they live and be required to pay out-of-state-tuition by their university.
Eliminating Election Day
registration only makes it harder for
During the last two elections, nearly 70,000 Mainers registered to vote on Election Day. That’s 70,000 Mainers that would not have been able to cast their vote under the new law.
They come from cities,
Election Day registration engages more people in Democracy.
Encouraging participation in Democracy shouldn’t be partisan.
It makes no sense to
make it harder for people to vote in
It’s hard to understand
why this is a priority when
I hope to see this law overturned.
Thank you for listening. I’m