Efforts to disenfranchise people have been a regular part of United States history. Voting has always been closely guarded precisely because it is so powerful. It is why people have been willing to die to vote. As the late Civil Rights legend John Lewis wrote in his fi nal essay, “The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” This presidential election will take place under unprecedented pandemic circumstances. People nationwide are facing ongoing attacks on the right to vote. In this election, like in every election, your ACLU of Maine team is working to ensure that every Mainer is educated about their voting rights, and that those rights are protected. Let’s use our power to vote!
Executive Director, ACLU of Maine