AUGUSTA – As
Portland considers moving forward with a bill to allow non-citizen voting in
that city at the urging of Mayor Ethan Strimling, a proposal from Rep. Billy Bob
Faulkingham of Winter Harbor that would amend Maine’s Constitution to forbid
non-citizen voting in Maine elections will have a public hearing next week.
This is the
first step in passage for Rep. Faulkingham’s proposal. After the public
hearing, the bill would need to be passed by both the Maine House and Maine
Senate before being sent to a referendum to approve the amendment.
The bill, LD 186, will be heard by the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Monday, March 11th at 10 am. The hearing is open to the public, and testimony from the public is welcome.