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  •  In Maine a GOP volunteer (10+ / 0-)

    challenged two women because he had "a feeling" they were not qualified to vote. Via the Lewiston Sun Journal:

    A pair of Somali immigrants had their right to vote challenged at the Ward 1 polling place at Washburn School Tuesday, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said.

    A male poll watcher from the Republican Party challenged the women's citizenship, questioning whether they were legal to vote, but did not go through with a formal challenge, according to Alisha Melnick, an attorney with the ACLU.

    Melnick said poll watcher Gervis Legere, who lives in the precinct, was questioning the women because they were registering to vote with the assistance of an interpreter. Maine law allows a process for poll watchers to challenge voters.

    When told he would have to sign an affidavit swearing to the fact he had personal knowledge the women were ineligible to vote, "he balked," Melnick said.

    Legere told the Sun Journal that he "had a feeling" that the women were not citizens, but did not want to proceed with the challenge.

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 11:34:59 AM PST

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