AUGUSTA — Maine voters have repealed a law requiring voters to enroll at least two days before an election, restoring a four-decade policy of allowing registrations as late as Election Day.
With 30 percent of Maine’s precincts reporting, the proposal to repeal the newly enacted two-day requirement was passed with 59 percent of the vote.
The referendum was put on Tuesday’s ballot through a “people’s veto” initiative after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a law in June requiring voters to register at least two business days before an election is held. Maine’s tradition of allowing “same day” voter registrations began with a law passed in 1973.
Spokesman David Farmer of the Yes of One campaign calls this “a big night for voters in Maine.”