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May 19 , 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan Gwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Secretary of State Gwadosky Reminds Voters of
Upcoming Deadlines for June Primary Election

AUGUSTA , MAINE   --   Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky reminded Maine voters on Wednesday that deadlines related to the upcoming primary election are approaching.   On June 8th, voters who are enrolled in a political party will have an opportunity to cast ballots for their party's candidates.   All Maine voters will be able to cast a ballot on Question 1, a carry-over measure from the November, 2003 general election pertaining to school funding.

Although individuals may register to vote in-person before their municipal registrar of voters until June 8 th and on Election Day itself, the deadline for registering to vote using a mail-in registration form is the close of business on Monday, May 24th.   Forms completed at voter registration drives must also be submitted to the municipal registrar by this deadline.   Under Maine law, municipal registrars are not permitted to accept mail-in registration applications during the 9 business days prior to a state election.

Contact information for Maine 's municipal registrars of voters and clerks is available through Maine 's Division of Elections by calling 624-7650 or e-mailing CEC.Elections@maine.gov.   It is also available online at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.htm.

Additionally, voters currently enrolled in one of Maine 's officially recognized political parties (Democratic, Green Independent and Republican) who wish to switch their enrollment to another party to cast a ballot for candidates in the June 8th primary election must do so by the close of business on May 24th.   Voters who are not currently enrolled in a party may enroll until, and including, Election Day.

In issuing these deadline reminders, Secretary Gwadosky highlighted the availability of voting information and services.   He noted that Maine Voting Guides and Absentee Balloting brochures can be found online at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/.   Copies can also be obtained by contacting Maine 's Division of Elections at 624-7650 or CEC.Elections@maine.gov, or by visiting a Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office.

“The June primary election will feature a ballot measure and candidate races.   It's an opportunity for Maine voters to continue their long-standing tradition of strong participation and high turnout levels,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.   “Voting guides and other election materials are available through the Department of the Secretary of State.   I encourage Maine citizens to take advantage of these excellent resources.”