Voting Law Changes in 2012.
Coming off the success of the Yes on 1 effort to restore Election Day voter registration, and in anticipation of the Maine State Legislature’s consideration of a bill to enact requirements for Photo ID to vote, this presentation could not be more timely or important to the public debate. Attend this meeting to find out about ongoing work in Maine to promote voting rights for all citizens.
From the Executive Summary: “Over the past century, our nation expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation. In 2011, however, that momentum abruptly shifted. State governments across the country enacted an array of new laws making it harder to register or to vote. Some states require voters to show government-issued photo identification, often of a type that as many as one in ten voters do not have. Other states have cut back on early voting, a hugely popular innovation used by millions of Americans. Two states reversed earlier reforms and once again disenfranchised millions who have past criminal convictions but who are now taxpaying members of the community. Still others made it much more difficult for citizens to register to vote, a prerequisite for voting.”