Maine Democrats say they’re bothered by two voting bills that came up during this year’s legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Barry Hobbins of Saco says the two measures attack Mainers’ voting rights.
One to require a photo ID every time you vote has been held over until next January’s session. Hobbins says Democrats will fight “tooth and nail” against it.
The other bill, which has since been signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage, eliminates election-day voter registration. A people’s veto campaign has been launched to repeal it.
In the Democratic response to the governor’s weekly radio address, Hobbins says he wonders why Republicans worked to chip away at the right to vote.
This comes as a group called Protect Maine Votes rallies to collect signatures to put a People’s Veto on the November ballot in an effort to bring back election-day voter registration.
The group says the new law is an unnecessary change that restricts voter access. They need to collect about 57,000 signatures by Aug. 2 to get the measure on the ballot.