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For Immediate Release
September 13, 2002
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400

Businesses and Organizations to Take Part in
Statewide Voter Registration Week

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky is enlisting the help of Maine high schools, businesses and service organizations for a Statewide Voter Registration Drive during the week of September 16, 2002. Many businesses and organizations will be conducting drives at sites throughout the state and providing Maine citizens with an opportunity to register to vote or to update their voter registration information in a nontraditional location. High schools, colleges, universities and technical colleges have also been provided with registration materials.

As part of this effort, local members of the Maine Town and City Clerks Association will be holding a voter registration drive at the Maine Mall in South Portland on September 21, 2002 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

"In America we are fortunate to have a voice in our government through democratic elections," said Secretary Gwadosky. "In Maine we are fortunate to have businesses, service organizations, schools and elections officials working together to encourage citizen participation in our democracy. It is thanks to efforts such as these that Maine continues to lead the nation in voter turnout."

The statewide voter registration drive is just one of many activities planned by the Promote the Vote Committee for this election cycle. Popular initiatives from past elections, such as the Vote in Honor of a Veteran program conducted in cooperation with the Maine Veteran's Coordinating Committee and the 'I Voted Today!' stickers on Election Day, distributed with financial assistance from the Maine Rotary Clubs, will again be part of this year's activities.

The Promote the Vote Committee also provided businesses and organizations a list of ideas to encourage voter participation by their employees, customers and members. Suggestions included "Remember to Vote on November 5th" messages on pay stubs, using business billboards to remind voters of Election Day, and adding remember to vote messages in newsletters.

The Promote the Vote Committee is comprised of various businesses and organizations with a commitment to encouraging voter participation. These businesses and organizations have already established programs for their customers, members or employees. As members of the Promote the Vote Committee they are instrumental in developing new initiatives and encouraging other businesses and organizations to participate.