To the Editor: Silent Susan 

To the Editor: 

How can Sen. Susan Collins, as a leader in Congress, respond so vaguely as to her intentions on issues that affect every Maine citizen and every American citizen? 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promptly announced that no Republicans would support The Freedom to Vote Act, a compromise bill released Sept. 14 by Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). 

Sen. Manchin announced that he believes 10 Republicans will vote “yes,” and he has worked hard to include them in this legislation that allows the nation to do just as we do in Maine. Maine allows same-day registration and has set up proactive measures to curb gerrymandering. 

The Freedom to Vote Act also includes automatic voter registration, online voter registration and early voting provisions, so going to work does not keep someone from casting his or her vote. 

ABC News reports, “Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who does not believe elections should be federalized, signaled there are provisions in the latest bill she could support.” “He (Sen. Manchin) sent me a very high-level summary last week, which they read, but it does not have many of the details fleshed out. There are two provisions in that, if they’re done correctly, I would support. One is the disclosure of contributors to dark money groups, but it has to apply to all of them.” 

Sen. Collins once again refuses to announce her intention. In the past, she has not announced her opinion on major legislation until a few days before the vote reporting she is gathering information. Is this leadership or follow the leader? 

Does Sen. McConnell speak for our Maine senator and determine how she will vote? If she is silent, it would appear that he does. 

Carole Beal 

Blue Hill 

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