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June 11, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Thanks Local Elections Officials For A Job Well Done

AUGUSTA—Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap was joined by Deputy Secretary of State Julie L. Flynn, Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions in praising the work done by municipal elections officials in making the June 10th, 2008 primary and state bond election a success.

“While we have oversight of the printing of state ballots and the tabulation of the vote, our work would be impossible without the dedication and skill of town elections officials and the volunteers that support them in 503 towns, cities and plantations,” Dunlap said.

Flynn noted that her staff is on hand during Election Day to help answer questions and resolve any issues. “Ninety percent of the issues that arise are handled deftly by the election clerks and wardens, which is pretty impressive, given the myriad issues that each individual town faces on Election Day. It’s a testimonial to how well they prepare.”

Dunlap noted that town election officials are often much more than that—they’re also the officials that conduct all business for citizens of a town, including selling hunting and fishing licenses, marriage licenses, providing vital records to citizens, registering motor vehicles and many other duties. “On top of that, they conduct some of the best-run elections in the country,” he said. “They deserve our thanks.”