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Lawmaker Wants to Address Video Trackers at Polling Places

AUGUSTA, Maine — Windham state Sen. Bill Diamond says he'll introduce legislation to prevent what happened Election Day as petitioners for a gun control measure were videotaped gathering signatures at polling places.

Diamond says he was particularly concerned that petition signers were, in some cases, asked to state their name and address on camera.

"Everything about the process is public," he says. "But, having said that, when someone, a separate, 3rd-party person is there videoing it and giving the impression that there's some intimidation involved, and people clearly felt that, then I think the Legislature needs to discuss that."

Diamond says the attorney general Tuesday said the law was silent about such videotaping. He says it's time for the Legislature make the law speak to this practice.

"I just want to make sure that that this is not, does not get out of hand," he says. "And it does not intimidate people so they don't go to vote."