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October 7, 2002
Media Advisory
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

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 www.maine.gov/voteamerica. 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.