‘We Don’t Need It’: Democrat Maine Gov. Mills Campaigns On Opposition To Voter ID

Although a clear majority of voters support commonsense election security measures such as requiring voters to present a valid form of identification, many Democrats continue to rail against them.

For her part, incumbent Maine Gov. Janet Mills is making her opposition to voter ID laws a cornerstone of her re-election campaign.

During a recent debate, she responded to a question regarding whether she would support such a measure in her state by dismissing the idea entirely.

“We don’t need it here in Maine,” she replied. “We don’t need it. We have integrity in our elections. We have a huge turnout, which validates our democracy.”

She went on to claim that requiring voters to present ID at the polls would somehow suppress turnout on Election Day.

“I think the right to vote is so fundamental,” the governor added. “Why would you question it? Why would you impose another level of paperwork on voters? Why inhibit them from voting? I believe it’s at the foundation of our democracy.”

Debate moderators also touched on a few other topics related to voter fraud, including whether the candidates would accept the results of the upcoming election.

GOP candidate Paul LePage, who previously served in the office he now wants to reclaim, chided moderators for bypassing evidence of interference in the 2020 election. Nevertheless, he confirmed that he would accept the official results of his race.

“I’ve never rejected any election, including the 2020 presidential election,” he said. “And I think that’s an absurd question, quite frankly. I will tell you one thing I’m concerned about. You talk about democracy, but one thing you did not mention is censorship from the left.”

He cited reports that the FBI pressured social media platforms “to censor people” ahead of the 2020 election, calling that story “a bigger threat to democracy than voting in Maine when we use paper ballots.”

As for his thoughts regarding the legitimacy of that race, LePage added: “I believe that President Biden won the election. I’m just not sure who’s running the country.”

Although Mills is not alone in explicitly denouncing voter ID requirements, a growing number of Democrats appear to have recognized that public sentiment is stacked against them.

In August, U.S. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), offered a nuanced take on the matter, saying: “We do not oppose voter ID. Every one of us who registered to vote gets a voter registration card. And you present that card every time you go to vote. That’s a voter ID.”