Officials: Bates College Fliers Were 'Deliberate' Voter Suppression Effort

Nov 7, 2016

LEWISTON, Maine — Officials at a private liberal arts college in Lewiston say orange fliers distributed at numerous dorms and at the school's dining hall are a "deliberate attempt at voter suppression."

The fliers found at Bates College over the weekend state that students must pay to change their driver's licenses to Lewiston within 30 days in order to register and vote in the city. It also states they must pay to re-register vehicles.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says that information is false. He says enrolled students living in the community can vote.

College President Clayton Spencer says she's deeply disturbed that anyone would try to discourage people from voting.

Spencer says the college is doing everything it can to ensure students have clear information about how to register and vote.