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For Immediate Release 
October 15, 2004
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8406

Secretary of State Encourages Use of Maine's New
eDemocracy Website as Election Approaches

Gwadosky Highlights Services for Voters, Students and Educators

AUGUSTA, MAINE – As part of Maine ’s ongoing Promote the Vote initiative, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky is encouraging citizens to utilize the state’s newly created eDemocracy website (www.maine.gov/edemocracy). In urging citizens to visit the site, Maine ’s chief elections official also highlighted its usefulness for voters, students and educators.

"Maine’s democratic tradition is well-known. Our sense of civic duty is nationally recognized. This eDemocracy initiative enhances the ability of Maine citizens to learn about the electoral process, and it provides meaningful avenues for civic participation,” Secretary Gwadosky commented.

The eDemocracy site features information and services related to voter registration, absentee balloting, polling place locations and other aspects of the voting process in Maine . It also contains substantial data and contact information for federal, state and local government agencies.

Additionally, eDemocracy offers resources and activities for students and teachers, under the “Democracy for Kids and Young Voters” heading. This section of the website includes a voter registration guide focusing on young adults and other first-time voters. It also features information about Maine ’s Student Mock Election.

Businesses and community organizations can also access Maine’s Election Countdown Logo through the eDemocracy site, and use it in company newsletters and payroll materials or post on other websites. The logo is currently being used by a number of newspapers, radio and television stations, as well as other businesses and civic organizations.

"Maine’s new eDemocracy website is a valuable tool for reaching out to voters. It’s another way we’re seeking to Promote the Vote, and encourage even greater levels of participation by Maine people,” Gwadosky added.

Maine’s eDemocracy Initiative is a service of the Department of the Secretary of State, in partnership with InforME -- the State of Maine’s private-sector partner and official web portal provider. All online services and official State of Maine web pages can be accessed from the state portal: www.Maine.gov (http://www.maine.gov/).