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Maine’s uprising came in November

August 16, 2011

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THE GLOBE’S editorial about the petition drive to repeal a new Maine law banning same-day voter registration was flawed (“Citizens rise up in Maine,’’ Aug. 14). There was indeed a citizen uprising in Maine - but it occurred on November 2, 2010, when the Republicans captured the governor’s office with Republican majorities in the Maine house and senate. One initiative of the new legislature was to re-establish the integrity of the voting system. The response of Democrats was to hire collectors of signatures on a petition to repeal the law, which they did. This was a politically organized tactic. It’s perfectly legal and in the democratic tradition, but hardly a public uprising. The position of Republicans is that Maine voters have hundreds of days every year to register to vote. Giving town registrars the time to verify residence and citizenship is fundamental to our trust in the voting process.

Phyllis Ginzler, Bridgton, Me.