Maine GOP Governor Demands Voter ID Law

Rewire,  January 12, 2018

Maine has not recorded any credible instances of voter fraud, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine, and legislators have struck down similar efforts, including in 2015 and 2017. …

The voter registration process already vets residents on who they are and where they live, according to Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat. Maine doesn’t need additional ID laws because voter misconduct is extremely rare, and intentional voter fraud or impersonation more so, Dunlap added.

“In the 22 years that I have worked for the secretary of state I am unaware of any evidence being presented to the state of voter impersonation at the polls,” he said last year in testimony opposing the then-proposed photo voter ID bill, LD 121. …

A 2012 report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy estimated that 10 percent of the state’s eligible voters did not have any form of state-issued ID, many because they do not drive. And implementing voter IDs could cost Maine at least $3.8 million over three years.
By Auditi Guha
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