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Congressional Candidate Announces 'Let Larry Vote' Petition Drive

Larry Maggi, Democratic candidate in the 18th District, said he may not be able to vote because of the state's new Voter ID law.

Washington County Commissioner , said he may not be able to vote this November because of

Maggi’s name was released by the Department of State as having a different name on his voter registration than he does on his driver’s license. 

His voter registration is listed as “Larry Maggi” while his driver’s license reads “Lawrence Owen Maggi.” 

To raise awareness of how unprepared the state is to implement this law less than 90 days from today, Maggi created www.letlarryvote.com to encourage others to sign his petition and demonstrate support for an injunction to delay the law’s implementation. 

According to the new law, the name on the ID must “substantially conform” to the name on the voter registration. 

Because the law does not define “substantially conform,” Maggi said the election judge at each polling location will decide if the ID meets that standard when a ballot is challenged. 

In the event that Maggi’s ballot is challenged, he will have to fill out an affidavit, submit a provisional ballot, and produce proof of residency within five days.

"Even though the Department of State has verified that Maggi meets the qualifications to run for federal office, the same department may deny him his right to vote," his campaign office said in a statement.

“As a Marine, I served our country to protect freedom and democracy for every American. The most basic freedom in a democracy is the right to vote," Maggi said. "Now, I am not even certain my vote will count this November. The state is not ready to implement this law if over 700,000 people do not have the proper ID to be eligible to vote, including veterans and lifelong residents.”

James August 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
*use AN alias.......not a alias. Once you graduate high school come back and give your opinion on this forum.
Kathleen Coleman August 14, 2012 at 05:16 AM
I totally agree with Bob. Why don't they make the new voter ID law effective January 1, 2013.
Gary Paul August 15, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Bob - "suppress the vote"? Really? What significant block of voters do you imagine are suppressed? If you're referring to voters who can't engineer the acquisition of a free ID, do you think that they are people whom are qualified to vote? Maybe not.
bob balmer August 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Gary Paul. Suppressing the vote has been a long time tactic used by both sides. If you believe that every one has the ability to jump in the car and drive somewhere to get an ID then I will not try to change your mind. Just answer this please. What makes you qualified to question some one else's qualifications.
Dean Orff October 11, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Most of the commenters here need to attend a meeting of Brainwashed Conservative Idiots Anonymous.

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