On July 25, 2011, I was presented with a list of 206 University of Maine students with out-of-state home addresses and asked to investigate allegations of election law violations.
I am writing to inform you that this investigation is now closed and to convey some important information pertaining to your voter registration and residency status, based on the results of the investigation.
Our research shows you have registered to vote as a resident of Maine. Maine’s election law (Title 21A of the Maine Revised Statutes, section 111, subsection 1) defines “residence of a person” as “that place where the person has established a fixed and principal home to which the person, whenever temporarily absent, intends to return.”
As Secretary of State, I also oversee the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and am responsible for enforcing the laws of Maine’s Motor Vehicle Statute – Title 29A. As you may or may not be aware, Maine law requires residents of Maine, who are licensed to operate a motor vehicle, to obtain a Maine driver’s license within 30 days of becoming a resident. (Title 29A of the Maine Revised Statutes, section 1251, subsection 1A). If you are the owner of a vehicle, you are also required to register that vehicle in Maine within 30 days of becoming a resident. (Title 29A, section 351, subsection 1A)
If you are currently using an out-of-state driver’s license or motor vehicle registration, I ask that you take appropriate action to comply with our motor vehicle laws within the next 30 days (i.e., by October 20, 2011). If, instead, you are no longer claiming to be a Maine resident, I ask that you complete the enclosed form to cancel your voter registration in Maine so that our central voter registration system can be updated.
If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Division of Elections at (207) 624-7650 or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at (207) 624-9000.