9/15/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed Constitutional Amendment to ban non-citizen voting in Maine is delayed indefinitely.
Both the House and Senate agreed to refer the bill Sponsored by Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Auburn) to the Joint Standing Commission on Veterans and Legal Affairs.
However, the never-ending 2018 legislative session finally came to a close Thursday.
The Constitutional Amedment could come up again when the new legislature convenes in January.
9/13/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
A Constitutional Amendment banning municipalities from granting non-citizens voting rights is on the legislative calendar for Thursday.
Governor Paul LePage has introduced the Constitutional Amendment and given it to State Sen. Eric Brakey (R-Auburn).
Non-profit organization, Maine First Project has been the pushing for the Constitutional Amendment as the best way to combat efforts by open-border politicians to allow non-citizens and even illegal aliens the right to vote.
Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling and Muslim immigrant, Portland City Councilor, Pios Ali, have introduced a proposal to award voting rights to non-citizens in Portland.
The Portland City Council has pushed the pause button on the proposal. It appears several factors played a role in the temporary tabling.
First, an outcry from Mainers demanding that voting is only for citizens. Conservative-populist non-profit, Maine First Project spearheaded efforts mobilizing supporters to contact Portland City Councilors ahead of Monday’s vote and urge opposition to the illegal proposal. This may have led Councilors to believe their voting rights scheme was not in the best interest of their re-election plans.
Second, before the vote, the LePage Administration made it clear they would challenge the proposal on constitutional grounds.
And the third reason was likely the biggest factor in the delay. Groups like the ACLU of Maine warned that the proposal could hold unintended consequences of deportation of illegal aliens.
When Portland Councilors voted to delay the measure out of fears illegals would find their way on voter rolls and could be at risk of deportation — it was a virtual admission that they intend to allow not just legal non-citizens, but also illegal aliens the right to vote.
The Governor’s proposed Constitutional Amendment is on the calendar for Thursday — which was originally reserved for the legislature to finally close the never-ending 2018 legislative session.
Maine First Media has covered this story from the beginning. Stay with us for updates as they become available.