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  •  Don't need photo ID to register (7+ / 0-)

    Just proof of residency. We're a low-barrier state when it comes to voting.

    But you're right about the small rural Maine town thing -- I don't know if people realize just how much of a stir it would cause if a busload of anyone showed up anywhere on election day!

    "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

    by Vacationland on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:20:45 AM PST

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    •  The requirements for registering to vote in Maine (4+ / 0-)

      can be found at 21-A MRSA §112-A.

      Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

      by Spud1 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:47:59 AM PST

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    •  Yes and No to the above two comments (4+ / 0-)

      Yes, Maine is small and rural. But I think it's an overstatement to say that everybody knows everybody else in town. That may be true in some towns that still have a village center where people congregate. In many others, including the town I live in, it is entirely possibly that a black person could live here, work in another town, do their grocery shopping and other errands elsewhere (they'd have to), and most other residents of the town would be unaware of their residency.

      That said, any unusual occurrence at the polls would cause some talk. And there's been none in the past week, save Charlie Webster's remarks Tuesday - and no one coming forth to corroborate.

      A photo ID is not required for same-day registration, although having a photo ID and proof of residency (such as a utility bill) simplifies the process. But a new voter without these things can sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot.

      •  For instance (0+ / 0-)

        When my boyfriend moved up to Norway/Oxford about 13 years ago, he was the only Asian in the area, and there was only one black guy he knew of. Now it is not unusual to see both around when he goes back there.

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