Dear Kennebunkport Republicans,
After a very disappointing loss at the local town elections on June 8, our Republican candidate for the RSU 21 School Board, James McMann, compared the number of registered voters in Kennebunkport to the number of people who voted for him and his opponent. He lost that night 735 (D) to 444 (R). He found that represented nearly all registered Democrat voters vs. approximately half of the registered Republican voters. This caused other committee members, including Jule Gerrish and Jerry Collins, to conduct a deeper dive into the issues of voter registration and the process of updating the voter rolls. Subsequently, this initiated a discussion on why there is such a disparity of turnout between Democrat and Republican voters in our town.
The following email was sent by Jule Gerrish to the Kennebunkport Town Clerk and the responses are informative and positive. The Town Clerk responses are in red.
Email from Kennebunkport Town Clerk Jamie L. Mitchell to Jule Garrish:
Good Morning Jule,
I hope this e-mail finds you well. Some of the questions you have asked are governed by the Secretary of State, Department of Elections, and as such, must follow required protocol. I have attached a Request for Information from CVR Form, instructions on how to complete the form and a schedule of what information can be released for what purposes.
In addition, I offer the following responses to your questions:
1. When were those legal residents who passed away prior to the 2020 November election deleted from the Port Voter Registration records? How many were deleted?2. How many invalid signed ballots returned in November 2020 were deleted, and when may I and some others interested view them? 3. Can you send me via response email your list of those deceased in 2021 and the date they were purged? 4. Is the Port’s updating policy the same as State of Maine’s? Or how does Port’s differ?
5. Do you have a list of residents who vote in another state? How do you discern if a resident votes in 2 states? 6. How do you record ballots mailed out and count those returned? Were any invalid and deleted from the count in November 2020?
7. How many Republicans, Democrats, Independents oversaw the recent election to completion of the count?
Please let me know if you have any other questions at this time.
Jamie L. Mitchell, Town Clerk
Town of Kennebunkport
PO Box 566
6 Elm Street
Kennebunkport, ME 04046
Tel: (207) 967-1610