AUGUSTA — A controversial bill that would change how people vote in primary elections has been passed by the Maine House of Representatives.
According to Maine law, in order to vote in primaries, one must register with a political party.
Sen. Chloe Maxin, D-Nobleboro, said the bill will allow for a more inclusive and open democracy.
“Lot of folks do not want to register with a party these days. They don’t like what the parties are doing or being independent is part of their identity so I want to make it easy for folks to vote in any election,” she said.
Maxin said Mainers pay for the elections so everyone should have the opportunity to vote.
She said one of the reasons the bill received bipartisan support is that it will bring in more voters for both parties.