Democratic Gov. Janet Mills (D-ME) strongly opposed voter ID during a debate with her opponents Tuesday afternoon, saying Maine residents “don’t need” to show proof of ID and asserting that she would “suspend » the vote.
The debate moderators asked Mills, Republican candidate and former Maine Gov. Paul LePage, and Independent challenger Sam Hunkler if they were each ready to accept the results of the gubernatorial election.
LePage said he would “absolutely” accept the results and criticized the moderators for asking that question instead of bringing up the FBI and big tech meddling in the 2020 election.
I’ve never dismissed any election, including the 2020 presidential election. And I think that’s a silly question, frankly. I will tell you one thing that worries me. You talk about democracy, but one thing you didn’t mention is censorship from the left. When the FBI goes into Facebook and tells them to censor people, you haven’t mentioned it, and I think that’s a bigger threat to democracy than voting in Maine when we use paper ballots.
Mills similarly said she would “absolutely” accept the election results.
Before the moderators could move on to the next topic, LePage interrupted to ask Mills why she opposes voter ID.
“We don’t need it here in Maine,” Mills replied. “We don’t need it. We have integrity in our elections. We have a huge turnout, which validates our democracy.”
“Why are you against voter ID?” the Republican asks @PaulLePage2022.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills: “We don’t need it here.” pic.twitter.com/Id5h7f47lf
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 5, 2022
Mills also claimed that voter ID would “prevent” Maine residents from voting.
“I think the right to vote is so fundamental,” Mills said. “Why do you question it? Why would you impose another layer of, you know, red tape on voters? Why stop them from voting? I believe it is at the foundation of our democracy.”
However, the vast majority of Americans reject Mills’ opposition to voter ID.
A Monmouth poll last year found that 81 percent of Americans support voter ID, including 62 percent of Democrats.
The debate moderators also asked the candidates whether they believe President Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election.
“I think President Biden won the election,” LePage said. “I’m not sure who’s running the country.”
After the moderator asked for clarification, LePage said Biden is “obviously not fit to run the country” and added that he “doesn’t know who’s pulling the strings.”
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