Right of homeless to vote undisputed in registration referendum

Posted Sept. 12, 2011, at 10:59 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The right of homeless people to vote has become a nonissue in Maine’s referendum debate over voter registration.

On Nov. 8, Mainers will decide whether to repeal a new law that requires voters to register at least two business days before an election. Passage would restore a state policy allowing election-day registration.

The debate has touched on the right of homeless people to vote. But as the Kennebec Journal in Augusta reported Monday, both sides agree that the homeless have that right.

Maine Republican Party Chairman Charles Webster, who opposes same-day registration, said people who are living in a homeless shelter should be able to vote.

A Portland advocate for the homeless welcomes that view. Donna Yellen, said the right to vote is arguably most important when you’re homeless.