We write to voice our opposition to LD 107. This bill proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to specify that only a person who is a citizen of the United States may vote in a state, county, municipal or other local election. However, there are already multiple constitutional amendments on the federal level that define who can vote. And, under Maine law (21-A M.R.S. § 111(1)), it specifically lists as the first qualification in order to vote that “the person must be a citizen of the United States.”

If LD 107 is proposing to fix an issue that is not an issue, then what is this bill trying to accomplish? The reason: to be divisive and whip up fear towards immigrants.

In a time of growing anti-immigrant rhetoric, the propagation of nativism by politicians, and emboldened white nationalists, we must stand in solidarity with our friends, coworkers and family members. LD 107 is meant to divide communities. Westbrook stands united in its opposition. It’s an attack on our values, our city and our neighbors.

Rep. Morgan Rielly, D-Westbrook
Rep. Suzanne Salisbury, D-Westrook
City Councilors Claude Rwaganje,
David Morse, Michael Shaughnessy