Southern Maine newspaper endorses same-day registration vote

Posted Oct. 19, 2011, at 3:51 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A southern Maine newspaper is endorsing passage of Question 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot, which would repeal a new law requiring voter registration at least two business days before an election in order to cast a ballot.

Passage would restore Maine’s law allowing registration up to and including Election Day, an alternative the Journal Tribune of Biddeford says is preferable.

Wednesday’s editorial says eliminating same-day registration and voter registration in the few days before elections limits access to the democratic process and keeps people who may have otherwise cast a ballot from doing so.

Earlier this week, the Town Council in Orono approved a resolution in support of a vote in favor of same-day registration.

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