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For Immediate Release
October 27, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson
207-626-8404

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Reminding Voters
of Election Day Responsibilities

Augusta- With 8 days to go before Election Day, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says “strong interest in a number of issues on Maine ballots could push voter turnout here into the 75 to 80 percent range- and that’s an amazing achievement. It’s truly a testament to the people of Maine, who recognize the importance of getting involved in the decisions that will shape our world for decades to come. It’s also testament to the municipal election workers who have already been working long hours to make certain this election runs smoothly.”

In fact, the election is already well underway, as over 93,000 Mainers have already cast an absentee ballot. Even with such high levels of pre-Election Day participation, polling places are expected to be extremely busy on November 4. Dunlap points out, “It’s important for the voting-age population to realize that in Maine, it’s never too late to register and vote. We are one of only 9 states in the country where people can register to vote on Election Day so don’t let anyone tell you it’s too late to get involved. Even if you’ve been unable to get registered prior to now, there’s still time to make sure you can still have your say in our election.”

Dunlap says “I am calling on Maine’s voters to do their part in helping state and local elections officials make sure our Election Day process remains the envy of the nation. Maine has long been regarded as home to some of the smoothest, most readily-verifiable elections in the country. We don’t have the worries that many other states have,” Dunlap explained, “and there’s one big reason why: our election process is the most straightforward and transparent in the country. Every voter marks a paper ballot, and results can be counted accurately. No hanging chads, no electronic computer-screen voting machines to be concerned about. Some may consider it old-fashioned, but the tried and tested methods used here provide absolute assurance every vote is counted, and counted accurately. It also allows us to assure proper accountability of any close results by way of a recount process, which is closely monitored by not just the candidates involved, but by the public as well.”

Dunlap noted he understands that with big crowds comes the potential for long lines and short tempers. “If everyone headed to the polls takes a moment to remember exactly why they are there, they’ll recognize that a few minutes in line is a small price to pay for the freedom which our Democracy provides; to choose our own leadership,” Dunlap said. “No eligible voter will be turned away. As long as you are in line before polls close, you will be able to vote for the people and issues that are most important to you.”

The Secretary of State’s website provides a wealth of information to Maine voters, from information on how to register to the Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election, which includes detailed information about each of the referendum questions on the statewide ballot. There is also a handy polling place locator. You can view information about the upcoming election here: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming.html . Important voter information, including the polling place locator and voter registration information can be viewed here: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter_info/index.html .