It turns out Mainers like same-day voter registration, and they like it by a wide margin. By a spread of about 60%-40% voters rejected a bill that eliminated the 38-year-old practice in a race that, despite its implications for other Republican-backed anti-voting measures largely flew under the radar.
In June, the Republican-controlled House and Senate voted largely along party lines to pass LD 1376, An Act To Preserve the Integrity of the Voter Registration and Election Process. As passed, LD 1376 required voters to register two business days before an election and banned absentee voting two days before Election Day, though that provision of the bill remains.
Opponents of the measure argued that the Republican-backed bill was designed to make it harder for Mainers to vote, while supporters claimed it was necessary to prevent voter fraud. The issue came to wider national attention Maine was flooded with outside cash days before the election.
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