Letter to the Editor: React with resolve 

To the Editor: 

Politicians on local and national stages are working to undermine Maine voters and voices by making voting less safe and less accessible. In many ways, these efforts feel out of reach and insurmountable and yet, when officials attempt to diminish our power and agency, it is imperative that we react and that our reactions are communicated with passion and resolve. 

One simple way to show that Mainers will not be silenced is to register and turn out to vote at higher rates than ever before. National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22 was a clear and powerful kickstart to that process.  

Young people ages 18-23 are the largest and most diverse generation of voters and for that reason we especially have the potential to send a message that demands attention if we register and cast ballots this fall. The Student Public Interest Research Group has worked to support those actions by creating studentvote.org. This tool is a one-stop-shop for registration, information about polling places and vote-by-mail ballots, and concerns about voting in the era of COVID-19.  

I encourage my peers to capitalize on the momentum of National Voter Registration day and to visit the site to register or check their registration status and then to create a voting plan for this election. Such simple actions can project hugely important signals and protect our democratic rights. 

Sylvie Epstein 

Deer Isle 

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