Maine GOP Uses Gay Baiting Ad Against Voter Registration

| by Michael Allen

Voters in Maine are considering a ballot initiative, next Tuesday, that would strike down a law that eliminated same-day voter registration in the state.

Opponents of same-day registration are running an ad (picture below) in 25 community papers that singles out a gay rights group, EqualityMaine, and their involvement in the effort.

Maine’s Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is defending the tone of the ad and told the Sun Journal that Republicans are trying “educate” the public about EqualityMaine as “one of the advocacy groups involved in the coalition that wants to retain the state’s 38-year-old EDR law.”

“We’ve talked about the different left-of-center groups that are supporting this referendum and questioned why they’re doing that,” Webster said. “That’s all this is.”

But Shenna Bellows, of the Maine ACLU, said that the ad was "scapegoating a particular person or group of people."

She added: "It's just another example of the 'no' side trying to talk about everything under the sun except same-day voter registration. The reason they don't want to talk about same-day voter registration is because they know most Maine voters support it."