AUGUSTA (WGME) – Several civil rights groups are pushing back against four voter ID bills in Augusta.
The bills look to require a photo ID at the polls.
Opponents, including the ACLU, argue that more than 21 million U.S. citizens do not have government-issued IDs nationwide, and that these bills disproportionately affect people of color, people with low incomes, people with disabilities and the elderly.
House Republicans released a statement about the bills.
“Maine citizens overwhelmingly support voter ID. House Republicans have submitted several bills that can be used to create an inclusive approach that utilizes forms of identification commonly used to operate a vehicle, cash checks, receive medical care, fly and other common aspects of daily life.”
The ACLU says Maine has rejected voter ID bills for nearly a decade.