Did you know that in the last 38 years there have been only two cases of voter fraud in Maine? Both were effectively taken care of and did nothing to alter election results. Yet, for some reason, talk of voter ID won’t go away.
Instead of securing election systems, voter ID laws create unnecessary obstructions to voting. Take Nancy Wilde, for example. She has been voting since 1957 when she was 21. Unfortunately, Wisconsin recently passed voter ID laws that have complicated Nancy’s attempt to vote in this fall’s election. | continue reading
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated the ACLU's challenge to the no-fly list, which was brought on behalf of people who were told that they could not fly on an airplane but were not told why. More importantly, the plaintiff were never told what (if anything) they could do to get their names off the no-fly list. | continue reading
One of the reasons I'm so proud to work for the ACLU of Maine is because we work on a wide variety of issues, protecting the rights enshrined in our constitution. In my work specific to the campaign for same-sex marriage in Maine, I'm thrilled to have been able to organize a group of supporters from our state's Republican party. When I first started talking about my goals for my work at the ACLU of Maine, some people thought this effort would be challenging and that I was unlikely to find much support.
“It’s important to understand how disturbing it might be for a father to be told he cannot follow the police to the location where they are taking his child. In many places, you have to follow the police when they take your loved one so you know which jail they end up in. If you don’t, they disappear.” | continue reading
This week, for the first time in over two decades, the United States will play host to the International AIDS Conference. The long wait is not without reason. In 1987, Congress passed legislation that prohibited people living with HIV from traveling into the country. With this and other policies rooted in such fear and prejudice, the international community understandably passed on bringing the AIDS Conference here. | continue reading
Since the record voter turnout in 2008, 30 states have passed measures making it more difficult for Americans to vote. Proponents suggest that these measures help prevent voter fraud, but that problem is virtually non-existent. There is much more evidence that qualified voters are disfranchised by these measures than there is evidence of fraud. Since I last blogged about voting rights, the ACLU has uncovered even more personal stories about obstructions to voting across the country. | continue reading
Yesterday, I traveled to Bangor to stand with the Coalition for the Freedom to Marry and the Mainer's United Campaign at a press conference to celebrate our accomplishments thus far. The ACLU of Maine is one of 77 members of the Coalition, a group that had only 22 members back in January. We're growing every day and encourage groups, organizations, businesses and faith communities to join our efforts. If you're interested, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org | continue reading