Pierce Introduces Proposal to Protect Election Integrity in Augusta

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A Message from a Resident on North Street, Portland.

A measure that would safeguard Maine’s elections against ballot and voting equipment interference was introduced today in the Maine Legislature by Rep. Teresa S. Pierce, (D-‘Falmouth) according to a press release issued today.

“We are fortunate in Maine to have top notch elections officials and a very secure voting system, but other states have recently seen issues that compromised their voting systems and election security,” said Pierce.  “That has prompted us to take a thorough look at our elections laws and look for ways to prevent those issues from ever happening here.  Our elections are the foundation of our democracy.  Maine voters deserve to know we are doing everything we can to protect their views.”

After the 2020 election, officials in Arizona and Colorado turned over voting machines and, in the case of Arizona, ballots to unauthorized individuals with partisan agendas.  LD 1779 would prevent this from occurring in Maine by clarifing the chain of custody for both ballots and voting machines to ensure there is certainty regarding who may legally possess them.

“Maine elections are well-run with strict chains of custody for ballots.  This bill further strengthens the chain of custody guard against outside political interference in election administration,” said Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, who testified in support of the bill at Wednesday’s public hearing.  “This bill is a safeguard against election subversion and will help prvent problems other states like Arizona have had when the integrity of ballots and equipment has been compromised.”

The Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will hold a work session on the bill in the coming weeks.