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October 7, 2002
Media Advisory
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky


Maine's Vote America Kickoff at Maine Mall
Secretary Gwadosky to Unveil New Web Site for Election Information

Wednesday, October 9, 2002 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Press Conference at 11:00 a.m.
Garden Court, Maine Mall, South Portland

Event will include opportunities to:
**Send an E-Vote Postcard**
**Register to Vote**
**Receive a "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" Button**

Maine Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will kickoff the state's new Vote America web site at the Maine Mall's Garden Court on Wednesday, October 9, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. The Vote America web site is part of a national program adopted by the National Association of Secretaries of State. The new web site can be located at WBLM radio personality Mark Persky will join in the activities.

"Maine's Vote America web site provides voter information in a more intuitive way," stated Secretary Gwadosky. "Easy to follow questions, such as How do I Register? Who can Vote? and Where do I Vote? provide a wealth of election information to Maine citizens in a user friendly format. Additionally, the e-Vote Cards are a fun way to use technology to encourage people to vote on Election Day."

The Vote America initiative brings together a number of programs sponsored by the Department of the Secretary of State under one convenient web site location. The site also contains a new program--e-Vote Cards. E-Vote Cards provide Maine citizens with an interactive and fun way to remind their friends and family to vote on Election Day. While e-vote cards are as easy to use as e-mail, they look more like a postcard. Seven different designs are available to help express your own personal 'remember to vote' message. A computer will be available at the Maine Mall during the event to demonstrate the new program and allow people to send an e-vote card.

Additional activities will also be offered during the Maine Mall kickoff, including providing shoppers with an opportunity to register to vote; to obtain a personalized Vote in Honor of a Veteran button; or to purchase a copy of Maine Remembers Those Who Served.