January 30

Maine House reconsiders early-voting bill

The bill failed to get two-thirds support in the House last session, but was held over for reconsideration in this session.

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers are making another attempt to establish an early-voting system in the state.

The House is expected to take an initial vote Thursday on a bill to amend the Maine Constitution requiring the Legislature to authorize a process allowing a qualified voter to vote in person prior to election day. The bill sponsored by Standish Democratic Rep. Mike Shaw will require two-thirds support in both chambers for final passage.

If approved, the measure would go before voters.

The bill failed to get two-thirds support in the House last session, but was held over for reconsideration in the new session.

The Maine Civil Liberties Union says early voting will reduce the stress on the system on election day.

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