Thursday, September 24, 2009

Axis Mundi

Guess how many registered voters there are in Glenwood Plantation, Maine?


Guess how many ACORN offices here in Vacationland?


Nevertheless, "Maine is the center of our political universe," according to Jonah Goldman, Vice President of GPG, and national expert on voting and elections.

Goldman, who has testified before Congress and regularly appears on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Fox, CBS, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post as a national expert on voting and elections was in Augusta today for a discussion about the modernization of voter registration, and more importantly a bill brewing in Congress that really is aimed at California, Ohio and ACORN.

Maine doesn't really need voter registration modernization or another federal mandate. We come in first or second place nationally for voter turnout. We have election-day registration, an electronic central voter registration, easy-vote absentee ballots and progressive challenge voting. This means that all ballots are counted (Mickey Mouse's included) and only challenged if there is a recount and the legality of the ballot could affect the outcome of the election. In other words, disenfranchisement is a chore.

So why is Goldman pressing flesh in Maine? Seems our two senators can make or break just about any bill these days.

Let's hope they keep their powder dry, our kids in mind and egos in check.

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