Ballots Available at Municipal Offices
"It's Easy to Vote Absentee!"
of State Dan A. Gwadosky, Maine's chief election official, is reminding
voters that absentee ballots are currently available from their municipal
clerks for the November 6, 2001 referendum election. And it's easy
to vote absentee!
"Maine has a long history of providing its citizens with exceptional
ballot access," Secretary Gwadosky said. "We have allowed
same day voter registration for over 25 years and this is one of many
reasons for our high voter turnout. In the last session, the Maine
Legislature provided the people of Maine with the ability to obtain
'no reason' absentee ballots," continued Secretary Gwadosky.
"Now, voters do not have to be out-of-town or have any other
reason to take advantage of this easy way to vote at a time that is
most convenient to them."
Any registered voter may obtain and cast an absentee ballot. No specific
reason must be given to receive and cast an absentee ballot. Voters
may contact their local municipal clerk by mail or telephone to request
an application for an absentee ballot. An individual may also vote
absentee in person at the clerk's office. Absentee ballots are available
now and through Election Day. Those people wanting to vote absentee,
but who are not currently registered in their municipality, may also
contact their municipal clerk to register absentee when requesting
an absentee ballot.
Maine law allows an immediate family member to obtain an absentee
ballot on the voter's behalf by making a request in writing. Ballots
that are obtained in this manner do not require witnesses, unless
the voter received assistance when marking the ballot.
Anyone who wants to make a request by mail should do so as soon as
possible to ensure the timely receipt and return of the absentee ballot.
Completed absentee ballots must be received by the clerk before 8:00
p.m. on Election Day, November 6, 2001.
Registration up to and including Election Day
law allows individuals to register to vote right up to and including
Election Day. Registration in the 9 business days before the election
must be completed in person at the registrar's office.
Anyone wanting more information
on absentee ballots or voter registration may contact their municipal
clerk or the Division of Elections at 624-7650 or visit the Secretary
of State's web site at www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec/.
on Bond Questions Available on Web
Secretary of State's web site also provides information on the 6 referenda
questions on the ballot in the Maine Citizens Guide to the Referendum
Election at www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec/coming.htm.
The November 6, 2001 Referendum ballot contains 6 bond questions.