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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Accused of Voter Intimidation

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 10:07 AM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been accused of intimidating college students saying that any who vote on Tuesday will face investigation to ensure they followed the correct procedure.

"Democrats for decades have encouraged college students from out of state to vote in Maine, even though there is no way to determine whether these college students also voted in their home states," the Republican governor said in a statement, The Washington Post reports.

"Casting ballots in two different states is voter fraud, which is why Maine law requires anyone voting here to establish residency here. We welcome college students establishing residency in our great state, as long as they follow all laws that regulate voting, motor vehicles and taxes. We cannot tolerate voter fraud in our state."

"After the election," LePage continued, "we will do everything we can that is allowed under state and federal law to verify college students who voted here are following Maine law, which is clearly displayed on the Secretary of State's website."

Recently, officials at a private liberal arts college in Lewiston distributed fliers on campus with misleading information, a "deliberate attempt at voter suppression," according to some. The leaflets claim students must pay to have their driver's license changed to a Lewiston address "within 30 days" and that students must pay "hundreds of dollars" to re-register their vehicles, Fox News reports.

According to the Maine's Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, that information is false and students living in the community can vote without a driver's license from the state or paying any fees.

"You don't pay for a right," he told Fox News. Anyone who claims Maine residency must register their car with the state, but that process has nothing to do with voter registration.

LePage's remarks "inflame an atmosphere of doubt and fear among the voters," Dunlap added.

Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills concurred with Dunlap, saying voting comes with no financial penalties, and the college president vowed to ensure students received correct information about voting.

According to Zachary Heiden, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, "the governor's statement seems designed to make college students afraid to vote."

"Voter intimidation and harassment is illegal," he said in a statement, "and we call on the Department of Justice to investigate the intent of the governor's comments."

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