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For Immediate Release
January 23, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

Special Election Date Scheduled for Senate District 27

Augusta--Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today that a special election has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2002 to fill the vacant Senate District 27 seat. The vacancy was created when Senator Joel Abromson passed away earlier this month. This election will effect only voters in Senate District 27.

The qualified political parties will be caucusing in the next few weeks and have until February 12, 2002 to select their candidates. Non-party candidates may participate in the process by circulating candidate petitions and gathering the signatures of 200 registered voters by February 12, 2002. Anyone seeking a non-party petition may contact the Elections Division at 624-7650.

Any registered voter who lives in Senate District 27 is eligible to vote in this special election. Senate District 27 is comprised Falmouth, Long Island and part of Portland. All registered voters in Falmouth and Long Island may cast a ballot. The following Portland Wards and Precincts will be voting in the special election:

Ward 1, Precinct 3, 4 and 5
Ward 3, Precinct 2
Ward 4, Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
Ward 5, Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Anyone who lives in Senate District 27 but is not registered to vote may register at any time up to and including Election Day.

For information on poll locations, contact the municipal clerks as follows:

Portland 874-8677
Falmouth 781-5253
Long Island 766-5820

The Maine Senate is currently comprised of 17 Democrats, 16 Republicans and 1 Independent. The last special election for a vacant Senate seat was held in 1985 for District 31.