I don't see voting as a privilage Stratton, nor do I see speaking freely, nor having a weapon a 'privilage.Rights, certainly. And at times, one's duty!This bill will go nowhere, and rightfully so. It's grandstanding, and patronizing, on the part of the person who introduced it. A blatant attempt to disenfranchise the less fortunate, who most often vote democratic.charlie
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one worried about
the line, "It's a privilege to vote," Courtney said
My town, election day November, 2004. A person registered to vote, got his ballot, voted, and then as he was leaving he was asked to sign the Tabor petition. He did, and for his address, wrote the name of the town in the next district!
Keep in mind that the House seat in this district was won by less than a dozen votes. Was this vote one of them? Which town was his LEGAL address?
I note an (R) following his name. I wonder if this is a widely held position of the R's? Guess we'll find out when/if it comes to a vote.charlie
quote:Originally posted by Stratton:
[b]I'm glad to see I'm not the only one worried about
the line, "It's a privilege to vote," Courtney said[/b]
If voting is not a privilege, then how can it be revoked for felons in some jurisdictions?If voting is a "right", should it be extended to non-citizens?
Voting is a privilege, a special right granted to a certain class. It is both a privilege and a right. It can, and in the case of convicted felons should be, revoked. Maine people have granted the rights to felons. Probably, as Charlie points out, they vote Democrat. There is a big difference between voting Democrat and "democratically".
quote:Originally posted by NoneDare:
[b]If voting is not a privilege, then how can it be revoked for felons in some jurisdictions?If voting is a "right", should it be extended to non-citizens?[/b]
I would not have called voting a privilege, but it is interesting to note that it is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution.As for felons -- rights can be taken away. Felons are also denied the right to bear arms.Non-citizens voted in many places in this country in the 1800's.When 44 states are on one side and only 6 on the other, I tend to think the 44 states might know something. But same day registration isn't going away in Maine.Maine is putting together a statewide voter database that every municipality will be required to participate in. That will make fraud a little harder.I don't have a problem with the homeless being able to vote. If they are citizens and 18, why should they be denied the franchise?
Would seem to me voting is democracy at work, Bob.charlie
You are correct, Charlie. That it is. And George, I agree. I was pointing out just how liberally Maine treats residency. I doubt that many homeless, if living outside of shelters, do really vote. They are in survival mode.
I also agree that homeless people have every right to vote. Verifying proper residence under the present statute could get a little dicey, however.As for the main topic, our local town clerk is all in favor of same-day registration. She and her staff are always solidly in favor of anything that increases voter turnout.However, it may be a true burden in larger communities.[ 01-19-2005: Message edited by: Naran ]
U.S. Constitution: Twenty-Fourth Amendment Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax. Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
quote:Originally posted by AugustaNeocon:
[b]I would want voting to made as difficult as possible, to include bringing back the poll tax, if the Supreme Court would allow it. I'd pay it, and the bums (Democrats) wouldn't, and things would be better. Bet that.[/b]
We should require people to pass tests on the Constitution before they can vote. You wouldn't pass.
Now that's funny.
House votes to end same-day voter registrationThe Maine House passed a bill that would require voters to provide a photo ID at polling places. They also passed a bill pushed by House Speaker Nutting that would no longer allow people to register the day of an election. The vote came despite opposition from people who claim Maine's same-day registration law works fine, and this bill would only discourage people from voting. Speaker Nutting claims same-day registration slows down the electoral process.WGME
Talk about reviving an old thread.
Wonder if this will have influence either way...
Maine Voter Registration Computer(s) Breached According to Homeland Security