Letter: AARP Maine urges yes on Question 1

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On Nov.8, Mainers will have the opportunity, and the privilege, to cast their vote in the 2011 elections. This year, a very important question is on the ballot. I urge you to please vote yes for Election Day voter registration.

Our state has had same-day voter registration for almost 40 years without any significant problems. We have a great tradition in Maine of voter participation and involvement in local government. Why not keep this vibrant tradition alive by continuing to permit our residents to both register and vote on Election Day?

Many Mainers have two or even three jobs. Without Election Day voter registration in place, they might find it quite a challenge to juggle their two or three job schedules, register to vote on one day, and then cast their vote on another.

Same-day voter registration is of paramount importance to older voters, too. It can help those with mobility issues or transportation concerns still have an opportunity to vote. Traditionally, older Americans are the most active voters of any age group and this is certainly true in Maine. We should be enabling voter participation in any way possible, not making it harder for our citizens to register and vote.

Right now our voter registration process is both simple and efficient. Let’s keep it that way. Please vote yes on Question 1.

Dick Farnsworth
AARP Maine executive council
Portland

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