Sarah Walton, of the League of Women Voters of Maine, examines elements that affect individual voting rights of citizens in Maine and the United States, following the monthly business meeting of the Midcoast branch of the American Association of University Women on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library. Co-sponsored by the library, the meeting is free and open to the public.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan advocacy group which encourages its members to become informed about government. Walton, a former president of the League, addresses two currently critical issues fundamental to democracy in asking, “Are the Haves more entitled to the Have Less?”

One is an issue that will be voted on this November in Maine, the repeal of same day registration at the ballot box, which it is felt would disenfranchise many individuals. As well as a voter ID proposal.

The other is the Supreme Court’s majority ruling on campaign financing that corporations have the same free political speech right as individuals. Thus potentially opening a floodgate to unlimited money.

Professor Walton is originally from Harmony. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law, a former Attorney General for the State of Maine, and has taught Justice Studies at the University of Maine, Augusta since 2002.

The American Association of University Women is a national organization advocating equity and education for girls and women. Its Midcoast Maine branch, which welcomes new members, sponsors annual student scholarships.

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