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Election Day arrives in Maine
AUGUSTA - Maine voters today go to the polls to decide six questions on the statewide referendum ballot, along with other regional and local issues. Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky also is at the polls, where he will greet and thank voters and election officials. He is scheduled to visit Sanford, Portland, Lewiston, Norway, Augusta, Dover-Foxcroft and Bangor.
"Voters have been working hard to learn about the issues and election officials have been working hard to prepare for the voting," said Secretary Gwadosky, Maine's chief state election official. "This is the day it all comes together. This is democracy in practice."
Eligible individuals still may register and vote in the November 4 referendum election thanks to Maine's election-day registration law. Voters with questions about how and where to register and vote should contact their local election officials.
"I'm hopeful that as many voters as possible will cast a ballot," said Secretary Gwadosky. "The people of Maine will be heard today." Maine's remarkable democracy ranked tops in the nation for voter turnout in the 1992 and 1996 Presidential elections, and second for turnout in 2000.
More election information, such as listings of local officials, a Citizen's Guide to the referendum and a sample ballot, is available from the Secretary of State's Division of Elections by clicking "How do I learn about the Nov. 2003 Election" at www.Maine.gov or by calling 207.624.7650.
Four new citizen initiatives also have been authorized to begin collecting signatures and may be doing so at the polls Tuesday. Those questions focus on bear hunting practices, smoking laws and fuel taxes. Click on "Citizen's Initiative and People's Veto" at www.Maine.gov/sos/cec/elec for details.
EDITORS AND REPORTERS: If you would like to interview Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky in person or by phone on Election Day, contact Chip Gavin at 207.626.8408.