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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:32 AM
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State Senate Dem leader opposes photo ID proposal
Source: Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA In the wake of Tuesday's vote restoring same-day voter registration in Maine, Senate Democratic Leader Barry Hobbins says the Legislature will soon be faced with yet another proposal regarding how people can vote.

In today's Democratic radio address, Hobbins says lawmakers in January will debate a Republican proposal to require voters to show photo identification before casting their ballots.

Hobbins says at first glance, the idea of providing a photo ID may seem like a harmless request. But he says it's really an attempt to "quash access to the voting booth" and make it harder to vote.

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Read more: http://www.kjonline.com/news/Dem-leader-opposes-photo-ID-proposal.html



Maine voters just shot down the Koch Bros./Maine Heritage Policy Center latest attempt at voter suppression - these idiots will never learn.

Time once again for a People's Veto, November 2012.

yup
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:47 AM
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1. Keep fighting Mainahs. Wisconsin loves ya!
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Iliyah Donating Member (828 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:06 AM
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3. And once majority of voters do acquire
Edited on Sat Nov-12-11 11:07 AM by Iliyah
IDs than the gopers will find another way to suppress voters so it won't end because eventually the gopers don't want nobody to vote cause in reality that is what their goal is. So there you have it, now who is the nazis, huh?
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:08 AM
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4. The can't win on policy, so they cheat. That simple. n/t
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:04 AM
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2. You tell 'em, Barry!
I wonder if this law wouldn't suppress the Republican vote up here, though. A lot of the elderly are Republicans and I suspect many have long since given up driving. I'd be interested in an analysis to see who is most effected by a voter ID law. When I went to vote last week, I asked the women who were working at the Registrar's table if I needed to show a passport to vote, which I presented. I assume the ones that didn't laugh were Republicans.
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:15 AM
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6. The MHPC/Koch Bros. will really kick the hornet's nest if the Teabaggers pass this voter ID bill
Even Old School Maine republicans won't stand for this...

yup

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Blue State Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:09 AM
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5. Make use of Rethug tactics: Ballot initiatives bolster turnout!
Edited on Sat Nov-12-11 11:11 AM by Blue State Bandit
For years, republicans have been using ballot initiatives such as anti-gay and anti-abortion questions to bolster turnout. They use bigotry and religious dogma to rally their troops, and in the process, republicans both up and down the ticket have capitalized by supporting such measures. It's time to steal there thunder.

We should be pushing for ballot initiatives (People's Vetos) in every state that is pushing these exclusionary voter laws. As we have seen in Ohio, and Maine, passion brings voters to the polls. And as we know, politicians more often than not, lack passion.

You want democrats, progressives, and independents to storm the voting booths? Design ballot initiatives in support of workers rights, that curtail corporate/banking dominance of political systems, and protect voter's rights.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:45 AM
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7. Totally agree....there are plenty of referendum opportunities that could help
fire up the progressive/liberal voters in this state. Stopping the repeal of same day voter laws was a reactive example, but there are a lot of issues that could be pro-active in making Maine a better place to live.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:23 AM
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8. If you do not have a photo ID, start now to get one, esp. if you've lost your Social Security card.
Edited on Sun Nov-13-11 07:24 AM by No Elephants
I don't drive and lost my Social Security card. It took some time before I got certified copies of of all necessary documentats I needed to apply for a passport. Once I got the passport, I was able to apply for a Social Security card and then for my state photo I.D. Each step--getting the documents, getting the passport after you apply, etc. takes weeks.

And, if you're a married female using your husband's last name, don't forget to get a certified copy of your marriage certificate as well as of your birth certificate when you contact the capital of the state where you were born.

If you start now, you'll probably be able to get everything done in time to vote in a primary, but don't delay, especially with all the holidays coming up.
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