The ACLU is coming down hard on a Republican governor. Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) is currently being accused of voter intimidation after he issued a statement to college students, urging them to establish residency in Maine if they choose vote there.
“Democrats for decades have encouraged college students from out of state to vote in Maine, even though there is no way to determine whether these college students also voted in their home states,” Governor LePage said. “Casting ballots in two different states is voter fraud, which is why Maine law requires anyone voting here to establish residency here. We welcome college students establishing residency in our great state, as long as they follow all laws that regulate voting, motor vehicles and taxes. We cannot tolerate voter fraud in our state.”
LePage went on to say “after the election, we will do everything we can that is allowed under state and federal law to verify college students who voted here are following Maine law, which is clearly displayed on the Secretary of State’s website.”
While LePage was warning college students that they only have the right to vote once, in only one state, the ACLU of Maine seems to believe that LePage’s statement is “designed to make college students afraid to vote.” They have even called on the Justice Department to investigate “the intent of the governor’s comments.”
“The governor’s statement seems designed to make college students afraid to vote. Voter intimidation and harassment is illegal, and we call on the Department of Justice to investigate the intent of the governor’s comments.
“College students who live in Maine have the right to vote in Maine, and they are not subject to different laws than anyone else. Many of these young people are voting for the first time in a presidential election. The governor should be encouraging that civic participation, not doing everything in his power to undermine it.”
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