Questionable figures



Dear Editor:

John Linnehan has published a poster purporting to demonstrate voter fraud in Maine and here in Hancock County. First, to be clear, voter fraud is extremely rare. According to the conservative Heritage Foundation, there have only been two reported cases of fraud in Maine in the last 13 years. According to a report from the Brennan Center, a 2013 Republican-led investigation into voter fraud in Maine concluded that “there is little or no history in Maine of voter impersonation or identification fraud.”

Not surprisingly, John’s voter numbers are straight up wrong. The number of eligible voters in Maine is around 1,125,000 and the total number of registered voters as of last November is 1,122,517. It is hard to say for sure how he arrived at a voter registration number that’s greater than the total population. He may have included both active and inactive voter registrations in his total, which means he would be counting people who moved out of state or died.

And yes, turnout in the 2020 election was high, but that’s no cause for concern — just the opposite — it’s clear we have an engaged voter population in Maine.

I would encourage Mr. Linnehan to read the Ten Commandments, with particular attention to “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

 

Kay Wilkins

Chair, Hancock County Democratic Committee

Ellsworth

 

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