I came across LD 434, working its way through the committee process. I believe it is sponsored by Sen. Deb Plowman.
[quote]An Act To Allow a Voter To Preserve the Confidentiality of That Voter's Presence at the Polls
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA Â§671, sub-Â§1, as amended by PL 2005, c. 453, Â§55, is further amended to read:
1. Name announced. A voter who wishes to vote must state the voter's name and, upon request, residence address to an election clerk who shall announce the name in a loud, clear voice except that, upon the request of a voter, the election clerk may not announce that voter's name.
This bill allows a voter to request that an election clerk not announce that voter's name.
Can someone help me understand what this is really about, and why this bill is in the system??
If the voter has already stated their name, what the hell would be the reason to request that the election clerk NOT announce that name???
This sounds like a move to further minimize the concept of poll watching as a way to ensure the integrity of the voting process.
I understood Sen. Plowman to be a friend to conservatives. What am I missing here??