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Automatic Voter Registration in Maine

The Pine Tree State is now the 16th state to enact AVR.

Published: June 20, 2019

On June 19, 2019, Governor Janet Mills made Maine the 16th state to approve AVR after signing LD 1463. Read the Brennan Center press release on the passage here. AVR will be implemented in the Pine Tree Street by 2022.

AVR in Maine

In 2017, Rep. Jared Golden introduced Maine’s first AVR bill, LD 1232. The bill passed in the House but later died in the Senate. On April 2, 2019, House of Representative Speaker Sara Gideon introduced LD 1463, “An Act to Create an Automatic Voter Registration System.” On May 17, the Joint Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs held a work session considering the legislation. The Brennan Center, along with 29 civic, advocacy, and labor groups submitted written testimony to the committee.

On June 5, 2019, the Maine House held a roll call vote on LD 1463 where the bill passed 88–56. On June 10, 2019, the Maine Senate accordingly held a roll call vote on LD 1463, where it passed 19–14. Governor Janet Mills signed LD 1463 into law on June 19, 2019.

Brennan Center Materials

Op-eds in Favor of AVR in Maine

Brennan Center Publications