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2023 TESTIMONY

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Official Bill Title: An Act to Provide Postage Prepaid Return Envelopes to Voters Who Send Absentee Ballots by Mail

Summary: This bill would require the Secretary of State to provide prepaid postage on the return envelopes for absentee ballots for U.S. mailings only, not overseas. We appreciate the public spirit of this bill, but we’re researching some logistical complexities.

Our position: Neither For Nor Against

 

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Public hearing in Committee

Work session in Committee

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Signed into Law

 

Official Bill Title: An Act to Require a Person to Show Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting

Summary: This bill would require voters to show photo ID at the polls on Election Day. The League always opposes these bills. They disproportionately disenfranchise BIPOC, elderly, disabled, and poor voters.

Our position: Oppose

 

 

Featured News:

Debate over voter ID returns to Augusta | Feb. 6, 2023

Maine Public | Kevin Miller

This bill was staunchly opposed by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows as well as the ACLU of Maine, Disability Rights Maine, the Maine Women’s Lobby, the Maine Transgender Network, Maine Conservation Voters and the League of Women Voters of Maine. | Read more here.

Status:

Public hearing in Committee

Work session in Committee

Last Action in House

Last Action in Senate

Last Governor Action

Signed into Law

 

Official Bill Title: An Act to Ensure Efficiency in Petitions Reviewed by the Secretary of State by Clarifying Deadlines Related to Those Petitions

Summary: This bill would require the Secretary of State to determine the validity of certain petitions within 30 business days from the deadline submission, rather than from the drop-off.

Our position: Neither For Nor Against

 

Status:

Public hearing in Committee

Work session in Committee

Last Action in House

Last Action in Senate

Last Governor Action

Signed into Law

 

Official Bill Title: An Act to Require a Registered Voter to Update the Registration

Summary: This bill would require voters to renew their voter registration every four years. We have some new measures in place (Automatic Voter Registration and membership in ERIC, the national voter registration database) that are much better solutions for keeping the voter rolls current.

Our position: Oppose