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Secretary Gwadosky Encourages Highway Safety for Holidays
December 21, 2000

Maine Voters Continue Tradition of Outstanding Turnout Earns #2 spot for turnout in 2000 Presidential Election
December 20, 2000

 **Media Advisory** Holiday Highway Safety Awareness Event Scheduled for Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 10:00 a.m.
December 20, 2000

Maine Electors Convene and Cast Ballots for President
December 18, 2000

**Media Advisory** Electoral College to convene at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 18th - Public is invited to attend ceremony in House Chamber
December 15, 2000

New On-line Service to be Unveiled by Secretary Gwadosky
Pilot Program will provide for Vehicle Registration Renewals over the Internet
December 4, 2000

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor Winterport Free Library Association for 100 Years of Incorporation
November 29, 2000

Recounts Completed for House Districts 72 and 151
November 21, 2000

Recounts Completed for House Districts 137 and 148
November 20, 2000

Recounts Completed for House District 98 and 122
November 17, 2000

Recount Completed for Senate District 11
November 16, 2000

Recount Completed for Senate District 23
November 15, 2000

Recounts Completed for House Districts 56 and 144
November 14, 2000

Houseand Senate Recounts Scheduled
November 13, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky to Visit Polling Sites Tomorrow
November 6, 2000

10,000 Maine People will Vote in Honor of a Veteran - New Promote the Vote Initiative Exceeds all Expectations
November 6, 2000

Mock Election Voters Give Nod to Governor Bush
November 5, 2000

Mock Election to be Held Today!
Students to Tabulate Votes at 2 Locations
November 2, 2000

Students Prepare for November 2nd Mock Election 
Student Voters will cast ballots at 475 Schools
October 31, 2000

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor Boothby & Bartlett Company for 100 Years of Incorporation
October 25, 2000

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor Livermore Falls Library Association for 100 Years of Incorporation
October 25, 2000

Chi Delta Phi House Corporation To be Honored for 100 Years of Incorporation
October 20, 2000

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky and Bowdoin College Student Panel
to Discuss Youth Voting
October 18, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Challenges Maine Youth to State of the Vote Trivia Challenge
October 18, 2000

Absentee Ballots Available at Municipal Offices
Changein Law Makes It Easier to Vote Absentee
October 13, 2000

DriversContract Unveiled to Aid Communication Between New Drivers and Parents
October 10, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Announces New Youth Vote Web Site - National Association of Secretaries of State launches www.stateofthevote.org in time for Presidential Election
October 6, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky to Present Kathleen Montejo with Lorraine M. Fleury Award at Lewiston City Hall
Septemer 25, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Announces Expanded Hours at Motor Vehicle Mobile Unit Locations
September 22, 2000

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor Pine Tree Telephone and Telegraph Company for 100 Years of Incorporation
September 19, 2000

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky Honors Franklin Grange, No. 50 for 100 Years of Incorporation
September 12, 2000

Post-Labor Day Kick-Off for Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program at World War II Memorial in Bangor
September 11, 2000

*Media Advisory* Post-Labor Day Kick-Off for Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program, Monday, September 11, 2000 
September 8, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Suspends Massachusetts Trucking Company
September 6, 2000

*Media Advisory*  Lewiston Motor Vehicle Branch Grand Opening
August 29, 2000

National Association of Secretaries of State Elects Gwadosky as Treasurer
July 19, 2000

Grants Support Preservation of Historic Documents and Objects
July 17, 2000

Maine Senate District 34 Recount Completed
June 22, 2000

Recount from June 13 Primary to be Held Tomorrow
June 21, 2000

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky Kicks-Off Vote in Honor of a Veteran Initiative
June 14, 2000

*Media Advisory* Secretary of State to Kick-Off VOTE IN HONOR OF A VETERAN INITIATIVE 
June 13, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky to Visit Polling Sites Tomorrow
June 13, 2000

Motorist Personal Information will be Protected by Rule Change
June 1, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Sets Order of Ballot Questions
May 25, 2000

*Media Advisory*  Gwadosky to hold ballot drawing Thursday - Results will set order of Questions on November 7 Ballot
May 24, 2000

2000 Poster & Essay Contest Winners Announced
May 2 , 2000

Maine Students Qualify for National History Day Contest
April 15, 2000

Second Round of Grants Allow Local Communities to Preserve Maine's Heritage
April 11, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Suspends Two Motor Carriers
April 10, 2000

History Comes Alive at UMA Saturday - Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky
to Honor Prize Winners at Maine History Day Competition
April 6, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Urges Maine People Not to Let Federal Money "Go up in Smoke", Return Census Forms - Portland
April 5, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Urges Maine People not to let Federal Money "Go up in Smoke", Return Census Form - Bangor
April 3, 2000

Media Advisory- Secretary Gwadosky to Urge Maine People Not to Let Federal Money "Go Up in Smoke", Return Census Forms
April 1, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Rules Candidate Petition for House District 92 Invalid
March 31, 2000

Hearing Scheduled for Challenge to House District 92 
March 24, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Advocates for State/Municipal Internet Network
Appropriations Committee to Consider Bill in Wednesday Workshop
March 14, 2000

Polling Site Visits Scheduled for Election Day by Secretary Gwadosky
March 7, 2000

Maine Students Rethink the Past in History Day Competition
March 2, 2000

Final Petition for November 2000 Ballot Certified
Secretary Gwadosky Rules on Snack Tax Petition
March 1, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky to Address National Governors' Association on Proposed Presidential Primary System
February 28, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Announces Sufficient Valid Signatures Filed in Forestry Petition
February 28, 2000

Secretary Gwadosky Advises Voters of Party Enrollment Requirements for Presidential Preference Primary
February 11, 2000

Gwadosky Supports Bill to Make Passengers Safer - Proposed law would limit passengers in vehicles of new drivers
February 9, 2000

Monday Final Day to File Citizen Initiative Petitions for November 7, 2000 Ballot
January 28, 2000

Rapid Renewal to Allow for Vehicle Registration Online
Secretary Gwadosky Selects Municipalities to Participate in Pilot Project
January 21, 2000

Personal Information on Driving Records to Become Private
January 14, 2000

New Online Services Announced by Secretary Gwadosky
January 7, 2000

New Online Services and Web Design to be Unveiled January 7, 2000
January 6, 2000

Candidate Petition Forms Available for 2000 Election Cycle
January 4, 2000



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
November 6, 2000 

Secretary Gwadosky toVisit Polling Sites Tomorrow

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky will be continuing his traditional Election Day visits to polling places on November 7, 2000.   Secretary Gwadosky will personally thank election workers throughout the day at 12 pollingplaces across the state.  He will also be supporting the Promote theVote activities sponsored by his office. 

“I look forward to visitingthe polling places on Election Day,” stated Secretary Gwadosky.  “Itprovides me with an opportunity to meet with and thank the local electionofficials for their dedication in conducting Maine’s elections.”

One of the activities sponsoredby the Promote the Vote Committee organized by SecretaryGwadoskyare the “I Voted Today !” stickers that will bedistributed on avoluntary basis by municipalities at their polling places. Over400municipalities will be distributing over 500,000 stickers to votersthatdeclare“I Voted Today!”   The Maine Rotary Clubs,especiallytheBangor Rotary Club, have been very supportive of this programand haveprovideda generous contribution to help defray some of the costof thestickers. Rotarians may also be assisting in the distributionofthe stickers at somelocations.  The stickers are provided to votersso that when they returnto their work, home, school or neighborhood wearingthe stickers, they willinspire and remind others to go to the polls.

Secretary Gwadosky is scheduledto visit the following municipalities:
 
 
Municipality PollLocation  Approximate Time
Caribou 88 Sweden Street 8:00 a.m.
Fort Fairfiled VillageSq Bldg., Main St 9:00 a.m.
PresqueIsle Forum Bldg, Mechanic St. 9:30 a.m.
Mars HIll Town Office, West RidgeRd. 10:30 a.m.
Bridgewater Civic Bldg, 399 US Rt 1 11:15 a.m.
Houlton Dental Mem Bldg, Maine St.
Rec. Center
12:30 p.m.
Island Falls Municipal Building 1:30 p.m.
East Millinocket Municipal Bldg, Main St. 2:45 p.m.
Lincoln Mattanawcook Academy 3:45 p.m.
Bangor Ward2 - William CohenSchool, Garland St 5:15 p.m.
Ward3 - FourteenthSt School, Fourteenth St. 6:15 p.m.
Fairfield Community Center 7:45 p.m.

Additional polling sitesmay be added as time permits.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
November 6, 2000 

10,000 Maine People will“Vote in Honor of a Veteran”
New Promote the VoteInitiative Exceeds all Expectations

AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that on Election Day, 10,000 Maine voterswill be wearing a Vote in Honor of a Veteran button when they go to thepolls.  By casting a ballot and remembering a specific veteran in their life, Maine people will be recognizing the important role that members of our armed services have played in the past and continue to play todayin ensuring that we retain our important right to vote. 

“We havehad an overwhelmingresponse to this program.  It has provided peoplewith a way to publiclyshow their appreciation for those who have served inthemilitary and therebyhave helped preserve our right to vote,” SecretaryGwadosky said. “Too often people take the right to vote for grantedwithout realizingthe sacrifices that have been made for us to keep that right.  Thebuttons are just one way to help people remember the importance of taking part in the election process,” continued Secretary Gwadosky.

The Vote in Honor of a Veteranprogram is a new voting initiative that seeks to promote voter participationby making the connection between those who have served our country in thearmed forces and our right to vote.  Secretary Gwadosky has worked this summer and fall in cooperation with the Maine Veterans’ Coordinating Committee to encourage people to wear a personalized button to the pollson Election Day. 

The Maine Veterans CoordinatingCommittee has been an important part of this program becauseof its desireto encourage Maine citizens take part in the electoral process.  Inemphasizing the importance of voting and encouraging voter participation, Jack Munroe, Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart stated, “Election Day, 7 November 2000 is a day when critical issues will be decided by the American people.  These issues will affect all American like neverbefore in years to come.  Each vote is important.  Be part ofthe process not a reason why it failed.” 

Since June 14th Maine citizenshave been requesting a personalized button to honor a veteran in theirlife--a father or mother, a sister or brother, a husband or wife, a neighboror fellow veteran.  The list continued to grow with people wantingto thank a family member or other important person in their life for ensuringour important freedoms, including the right to vote.  By the October20th deadline, 10,000 buttons had been requested.

Over the past two weeks thebuttons have been mailed out to individuals in time for them towear tothe polls on Tuesday, November 7th.  The buttons are personalizedfor each person and indicate that the wearer is voting in honor of a specific veteran who has served, or is currently serving in the military.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
November 5, 2000 

Mock Election Voters GiveNod to Governor Bush

Approximately 450 studentsfrom 34 schools convened at locations in Bangor and South Portland at the2000 Maine Mock Election held on Thursday evening.  This was the firsttime that two headquarters were set up to receive mock election results.  Students at both locations received results phoned in from participatingschools, tallied votes, listened to candidates and enjoyed pizza, snacksand drinks.  Students conducted most of the evening’s activities--introducingspeakers, making presentations on the issues, and participating in a newsconference.

The Maine MockElection wascoordinated by Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky as part ofthe FosteringYouth Involvement programs sponsored by his office.  TheMaine effortis part of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, a nonpartisandemocracyeducation project which provided students in all 50 states an opportunityto cast ballots on November 2, 2000. 

The results finalized overthe weekend found the students favoring Governor George W. Bush for President, while the incumbent candidates for U.S. Congress tallied the most votesfrom the student voters.  The students also voted on the six referendumquestions that their parents will see on Tuesday.  The current votingresults are listed below.  Over 475 schools cast ballots and as ofthis date, 301 schools have provided their voting results to the Secretaryof State’s Office.

The Mock Election eveningwas sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of State, the BangorDailyNews, Pepsi, United States Cellular, Infotech, Hannaford Bros. Co.,PizzaOven, Associated Press, Seltzer & Rydholm, Inc., AT&T Wireless,WCSH Channel 6 andWLBZ Channel 2.
 
 


President US Senate
Browne,Harry 941 Lawrence, Mark 12,678
Buchanan, Pat 660 Snowe, Olympia 31,502
Bush, George W. 24,445
Gore, Al 20,590 Congress 1st District
Nader, Ralph 5,662 Allen, Thomas H. 12,656
Phillips, Howard 230 Amero, Jane A. 7,545
Staples, J. Frederic 2,080
Question 1
Yes - 21,659 No - 15,945 Congress 2nd District
Question 2 Baldacci, John E. 14,284
Yes - 14,435 No - 22,893 Campbell, Richard H. 6,498
Question 3
Yes - 20,716 No - 16,736
Question 4
Yes - 18,542 No - 16,786
Question 5
Yes - 20,888 No - 15,168
Question 6
Yes - 22,351 No - 13,381


ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
November 2, 2000 

Mock Election to be HeldToday!
Students to Tabulate Votes at 2 Locations

AUGUSTA--The Maine Mock Electionwill be held today with 475 schools across the state casting ballots aspart of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, a nonpartisan democracyeducation project for students and their parents.

Schools in allareas of thestate have been preparing for Mock Election Day since September,with manyteachers including information about candidates, the issues andthe electionprocess in their lesson plans.   Today, students willcast ballotsat their school during the day and the results of the votingwill be reportedat Mock Election Headquarters in Bangor and South Portlandfrom 4:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.

The Maine MockElection,part of the Foster Youth Involvement program, is coordinated bySecretaryGwadosky with the assistance of a steering committee of educatorsand democracyadvocates.  A list of committee members is attached. The typeof activities conducted at each school prior to the election is lefttothe creativity and judgment of the local organizers.

Over 450 students, representing33 different schools, will run the headquarters and take results from over475 schools participating in the voting.  The Mock Election programsimulates election night activities for students and allows for hands onlearning experience.  Students may participate in a number of events including a press conference, phone bank for receiving election results,tote board for posting results, and a variety of presentations.

Several guestshave beeninvited to address the students at both locations during the afternoon and evening festivities.  All candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S.House of Representatives and the Maine Legislature have been invited toattend.  An updated listofattendees and schedule of events is attached.  Members of themediaare welcome to attend.

For the mock election vote,schools have been provided with a modified ballot that includes thecandidatesfor President and Vice-President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representativesand the referendum questions.    However, the emphasis oftheMock Election is education, not just election results.

For additionalinformationregarding the Mock Election Night Activities or the participatingschools,please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 626-8406.



For ImmediateRelease
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 31, 2000 

Students Prepare for November2nd Mock Election
Student Voterswill castballots at 475 Schools

AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that 475 schools will be taking part inthe Maine Mock Election that will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2000.  This event is part of the National Student/Parent Mock Election, a nonpartisan democracy education project that provides students in all 50 states anopportunity to cast ballots on November 2nd.

Schools in allareas of thestate have been preparing for Mock Election Day since September,with manyteachers including information about candidates, the issues andthe electionprocess in their lesson plans.   On November 2, studentswillcast ballots at their school during the day and the results of the votingwill be reported at Mock Election Headquarters in Bangor and South Portlandfrom 4:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.

“The Student/Parent MockElection is an excellent way to encourage young people to become interested in voting and involved in state and national issues and candidates,” statedSecretary Gwadosky.  “This is an opportunity to bring civics and currentevents into the classroom.  There is an added benefit tothese classroomdiscussions,” Secretary Gwadosky continued.  “Many times these discussionscontinue at the dinner table when the student goes home.  Many parents,who otherwise would not vote, become interestedin the electoral processbecause of the interest developed by their son ordaughter, while thoseparents who already vote reinforce the lessons learnedin the classroom.”

Over 450 students, representing33 different schools, will run the headquarters and take results from over475 schools participating in the voting.  The Mock Election programsimulates election night activities for students and allows for hands onlearning experience.  Students may participate in a number of events including a press conference, phone bank for receiving election results,tote board for posting results, and a variety of presentations.

For the mock election vote,schools have been provided with a modified ballot that includes thecandidatesfor President and Vice-President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representativesand the referendum questions.    However, the emphasis oftheMock Election is education, not just election results.

Several guestshave beeninvited to address the students at both locations during the afternoon and evening festivities.  All candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S.House of Representatives and the Maine Legislature have been invited toattend.  A tentative list of attendees and scheduleof events is attached.  Members of the media are welcome to attend.

The Maine MockElection,part of the Foster Youth Involvement program, is coordinated bySecretaryGwadosky with the assistance of a steering committee of educatorsand democracyadvocates.  A list of committeemembers is attached.  The type of activities conductedat eachschool prior to the election is left to the creativity and judgmentofthe local organizers.

For additionalinformationregarding the Mock Election Night Activities or the participatingschools,please contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 626-8406.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 25, 2000 

Secretary of State DanA. Gwadosky to Honor
Livermore Falls LibraryAssociation
for 100 Years of Incorporation

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will honor the Livermore Falls Library Association on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. at the Treat Memorial Library located on56Main Street, Livermore Falls.  The Livermore Falls Library Associationisa non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Maine on October26,1900.

Ten corporations are celebratingtheir centennial anniversary this year.  They include four businesscorporations--The Pine Tree Telephone and Telegraph Company, Boothby &Bartlett Company, Chi Delta Phi House Corporation, and The Palmer FamilyCompany--and 6 non-profit corporations--Franklin Grange, No. 50, Mechanics’ Association, Mt. Desert Island YMCA, Tarratine Club, Livermore Falls Library Association, and Winterport Free Library Association.

“I enjoythis opportunityto recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that haveattained this milestone,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “Many dedicatedpeople have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years.  It is a significant achievement, given thatmy Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file.”

The Livermore Falls LibraryAssociation was originally formed on November 23, 1899 when a group ofcitizens met at the Methodist Church in Livermore Falls.   The library was first opened in January 19, 1901 and located on the secondfloor of the Livermore Falls Trust Bank Building.  At the time ofits opening the library owned a total of 539 volumes.  A fire in 1910destroyed the library and the building in which it was housed.  In1928, the Livermore Falls Library Association and the new library movedinto the Ham Block.  The Library Association began to recognize aneed for a new library building in 1947.   Through the generosityof Mrs. Elsie Reynolds Treat,a new building was constructed and donatedto the town in memory of her husband.  The George Winfield Treat MemorialLibrary continues to serve the citizens of Livermore Falls to this date.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 25, 2000 
 
 

Secretary of State DanA. Gwadosky to Honor
Boothby & Bartlett Company for 100 Years of Incorporation

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will honor the Boothby & Bartlett Company for 100 years ofincorporation by presenting a certificate of achievement to Daniel J. O’Halloran, President of Boothby & Bartlett on Thursday, October 26, 2000 at 8:30 a.m. at its offices located on 185 Main Street, Waterville.  Boothby & Bartlett Company was incorporated in the State of Maine on July 5,1900.

Ten corporations are celebratingtheir centennial anniversary this year.  They include four businesscorporations--The Pine Tree Telephone and Telegraph Company, Boothby &Bartlett Company, Chi Delta Phi House Corporation, and The Palmer FamilyCompany--and 6 non-profit corporations--Franklin Grange, No. 50, Mechanics’ Association, Mt. Desert Island YMCA, Tarratine Club, Livermore Falls Library Association, and Winterport Free Library Association.

“I enjoythis opportunityto recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that haveattained this milestone,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “Many dedicatedpeople have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years.  It is a significant achievement, given thatmy Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file.”

Boothby & Bartlett wasoriginally organized by Levi Thompson Boothby in 1859 beginning a business of insurance sales that would continue to this day.  As the business grew he was joined by his son William Appleton Rust Boothby and in 1886,Martin F. Bartlett came into the business, at that time known as L.T. Boothby& Son Company.   In 1919, under the leadership of MartinF. Bartlett, the company took its current name of Boothby & Bartlett. Boothby & Bartlett continues to provide various insurance productsand services including homeowner, automobile, commercial property, workerscompensation, group health and life insurance coverage to the central Mainearea. 



For ImmediateRelease
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 20, 2000
Chi Delta Phi HouseCorporation
To be Honored for 100Years of Incorporation

Deputy Secretary of StateJulie L. Flynn, on behalf of Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky,will honorthe Chi Delta Phi House Corporation for 100 years of incorporationon Saturday,October 21, 2000 at 4:00 p.m. at Bowdoin College.  The ChiDelta PhiHouse Corporation, formerly known as the Lambda Chapter House, isa businesscorporation that was incorporated in the State of Maine on July5, 1900.

Ten corporations are celebratingtheir centennial anniversary this year.  They include four businesscorporations--The Pine Tree Telephone and Telegraph Company, Boothby &Bartlett Company, Chi Delta Phi House Corporation, and The Palmer FamilyCompany--and 6 non-profit corporations--Franklin Grange, No. 50, Mechanics’ Association, Mt. Desert Island YMCA, Tarratine Club, Livermore Falls Library Association, and Winterport Free Library Association.

“Many dedicated people havebeen involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for100 years,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “It is a significant achievement,given that my Department has over 50,000 active corporationson file.”

The Lambda Chapter Housewas first organized in 1867.  The Chapter House itself was built onproperty donated by Edgar O. Achorn and was occupied in 1904 and has remained at the same location on College Street since that time.  Two notable members of the Chapter House were William T. Cobb, who served as Governor of the State of Maine from 1905-1909 and Horace A. Hildreth, who was Governor of the State of Maine from 1945-1949.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 18, 2000 
 
 

Secretary of State DanA. Gwadosky and Bowdoin College Student Panel
to Discuss Youth Voting

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will be taking part in a program to discuss youth voting with a panel of Bowdoin College students on October 19, 2000 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Bowdoin College, Moulton Union, Main Lounge.   The program is sponsored by the Brunswick Area League of Women Voters,the Bath-Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, and the Bowdoin College GovernmentStudies Department and Women’s Studies Program.  The public is welcome to attend and participate in the discussion.

The discussionwill centeron the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) NewMillenniumProject.  NASS commissioned the bipartisan project to betterunderstandthe problem of declining youth engagement in the political processandto gain insights into potential solutions to this growing problem. The New Millennium project report is available at www.nass.org/nass99/youth.htm .

Thursday night’s programwill consider many of the issues raised in the New Millennium study andseek the input and reaction of the Bowdoin College students to the study’s findings.  Secretary Gwadosky will provide a brief overview of theNASS New Millennium project and then moderate the student panel. 

Generally, theNew MillenniumProject found that voters between the ages of 18 to 24 werethemost disenfranchisedand disillusioned members of the electorate. Whilethis age grouphas high rates of volunteerism, their activism is apolitical.  Thestudy also finds that this group often lacks the information and skills to have a clear understanding about the responsibilities of citizenship,the function of government, and what ideals candidates and political partiesrepresent.  Most feel that their issues and views are not being heardor discussed bypolitical campaigns.

Following the discussionon youth voting, an overview will be provided on the two Constitutional Amendments (Questions 4 and 5) that will appear on the November 7, 2000ballot .



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 18, 2000 

Secretary Gwadosky ChallengesMaine Youth
to State of the VoteTrivia Challenge

Why is Election Day heldin November?
Who was the only person to serve as President and Vice-President without being elected?
What is the only state thatdoes not require people to register to vote?
How many votes does a candidateneed from the Electoral College to win the U.S. Presidency?

Do you think you can answerthese questions?  Do you think you can meet the challenge?  Secretaryof State Dan A. Gwadosky is challenging Maine’s young people to test theirtrivia knowledge with the State of the Vote Trivia Challenge on a new youthvoting web site (www.stateofthevote.org ). The Trivia Challenge is part of the State of the Vote website sponsoredby the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).  Visitorsto the site can answer 25 questions and test their knowledge on a varietyof election related trivia.  Answers will be posted on the web siteNovember 7, 2000.

“I’m encouraging young people,to visit the State of the Vote web site and take the trivia challenge. And don’t expect a standard civics exam,” Secretary Gwadosky stated. “The questions include several references to current cultural electionrelated events.  Few civics exams I know reference ‘E-Bay’ and ‘Survivor’. The trivia questions are a fun way to test yourself, your friends or yourparents.” 

The web site is one of manyNASS initiatives seeking to bring younger voters into the election process.The 1998 New Millennium Project, sponsored by NASS, identified this groupof voters (18 to 24 years old) as the most disenfranchised and disillusioned members of the electorate.

The State of the Voteweb site uses the familiar “Who?, What?, Where?, How?,and Why?” headingsto point visitors to information on who are the candidates?, what do Ineed to know about voting?, where and how do I register to vote?, and whywas the New Millennium Project developed?  The site also provides interesting facts about prior elections and historical oddities that putcurrent electoral practices into a different perspective. 

NASS commissioned the bipartisanNew Millennium Project to better understand the problem ofdeclining youthengagement in the political process and to gain insights intopotentialsolutions to this growing problem.  Founded in 1904, NASS isthe nation’soldest bipartisan government association, representingthe 50 states, theCommonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of AmericanSamoa, Guam,and the Virgin Islands.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 13, 2000 

Absentee Ballots Availableat Municipal Offices 
Change in Law Makes ItEasier to Vote Absentee

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky, Maine’s chief election official, is reminding voters thatabsentee ballots are currently available from their municipalclerks forthe November 7, 2000 general election.  And now anyone canvote absentee,no reason needed. 

“Maine has a long historyof providing its citizens with exceptional ballot access,” Secretary Gwadoskysaid.  “We have allowed same day voter registration for over 25 yearsand this is one of many reasons for our high voter turnout.  In thelast session, the Maine Legislature provided the people of Maine with theability to obtain ‘no reason’ absentee ballots,” continued Secretary Gwadosky. “Now, voters do not have to be out-of-town or have any other reason totake advantage of this easy way to vote at a time that is most convenientto them.”

Anyone may obtain and castan absentee ballot.  No specific reason must be given to receive andcast 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.  Thosepeople wanting to vote absentee, but who are not currently registered intheir municipality, may also contact their municipal clerk to registerabsentee when requesting an absentee ballot.

Maine law allows an immediatefamily member to obtain an absentee ballot on the voter’s behalf by makinga request in writing.  Ballots that are obtained inthis manner donot require witnesses, unless the voter received assistancewhencastingthe ballot.

Anyone who wants to makea 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, November7, 2000.

Anyone wantingmore informationon absentee ballots may contact their municipal clerk orthe Division ofElections at 287-4186 or visit the Secretary of State’sweb site at www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec/absent.htm

The Secretary of State’sweb site also provides information on the 6 referenda questions on theballot in the Maine Citizens Guide to the Referendum Election at www.state.me.us/sos/cec/refguide.htm. The November 7, 2000 Referendum ballot contains 3 citizen initiative questions,2 constitutional amendments and 1 referendum question.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
October 10, 2000 

Drivers Contract Unveiledto Aid Communication
Between New Drivers andParents

AUGUSTA--For those parentswith new drivers in their families, communication about driving responsibilities can be difficult, if not, impossible.  Who will fill the gas tankand pay the insurance?  What are the conditions for use of the car?  Once these issues are decided, how do you make sure that memories don’t fade?  Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today that hisoffice has developed a Teen/Parent Driving Contract that may help openup communications on many crucial driving issues.

“We haveprovided a basicdriving contract that can be modified to meet the specificneeds of eachfamily,” Secretary Gwadosky said.  “Our mainobjective is to havenew drivers and their parents communicate about the responsibilities thatcome with a new license.   Many times discussions about driving are repetitious or require constant negotiations.  This becomes frustrating for both teens and parents,” Secretary Gwadosky continued.   “A driving contract allows for expectations to be determined by discussion and agreement in advance, thereby reducing confusion and misunderstanding.”

Statistics in Maine, andnationally, consistently indicate that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 to 24.  Having identified these alarming statistics, Secretary Gwadosky assembled a Task Force on Young Drivers that studied this issue and recommended a numberof changes to the Maine Legislature in an effort to strengthen the licensing process for this age group. 

In 1998, the Maine Legislatureadopted many of the Task Force’s recommendations in oneof the most comprehensivechanges in the driver licensing process in the last 30 years.  Someof these changes included requiring an additional 35hours of practicedriving with a parent or guardian prior to scheduling aroad test; requiringanyone under 18 years old to take driver’s education;and increasing theprovisional license period of new drivers from 1 to 2 years.

Secretary Gwadosky’s departmentalso implemented a number of changes and introduced new initiatives basedupon the recommendations and findings of the Task Force.  Someofthese changes included increasing the hours of training behind the wheelin driver education from 6 to 10 hours; expanding and updating the roadtest;and establishing higher standards for driver education instructors.

“Throughthe new drivinglaws and other initiatives, we are seeking to ensure thatMaine’s newestdrivers obtain the necessary training and skills priorto receivingtheirdrivers’ license,” said Secretary Gwadosky. “Thedriving contractis an opportunity to keep the lines of communicationopenafter a new driverreceive a license.  Driver education does notend onceyou get yourlicense orwhen you reach a certain age.”

The Teen/Parent Driving Contractwill made available to all driver education schools, motor vehicle branchoffices and on the Secretary of State’s web site http://www.maine.gov/sos/news/youngdriver.htm.  Individuals may also request the contract by contacting the Secretary ofState’s Office at 207-626-8406.



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October 6, 2000 

Secretary Gwadosky AnnouncesNew Youth Vote Web Site
National Association of Secretaries of State launches www.stateofthevote.org in time for Presidential Election

With the Presidential Electionjust a few weeks away, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced todaythat a new web site has been launched by the National Association of Secretariesof State (NASS) in an effort to reach voters between the agesof 18 to24.  The web site is one of many NASS initiatives seeking tobringyounger voters into the election process. The 1998 New Millennium Project,sponsored by NASS, identified this group of voters as the most disenfranchisedand disillusioned members of the electorate.

“This web site has an easyto use format that provides information in an interesting and fun way,”Secretary Gwadosky stated.  “NASS is committed to reaching out toyounger voters because their participation in the electoral process nowis crucial if we are to ensure their participation in the future,” SecretaryGwadosky continued.  “The New Millennium Project results clearly indicatedthat some younger voters feel they do not receive enough information aboutthe voting process.  This new web site is one way of providing youngpeople in Maine and the nation with information in a format that is mostappealing to them--over the Internet.” 

The State of the Vote website uses the familiar “Who?, What?, Where?, How?, and Why?” headings topoint visitors to information on who are the candidates?, what do I needto know about voting?, where and how do I register to vote?, and why wasthe New Millennium Project developed?  The site also provides interestingfacts about prior elections and historical oddities that put current electoralpractices into a different perspective.  Visitors can alsotake theState of the Vote Challenge that tests their voting knowledge. Answerswill be posted on Election Day.

NASS commissioned the bipartisanNew Millennium Project to better understand the problem ofdeclining youthengagement in the political process and to gain insights intopotentialsolutions to this growing problem.  Founded in 1904, NASS isthe nation’soldest bipartisan government association, representingthe 50 states, theCommonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the territories of AmericanSamoa, Guam,and the Virgin Islands.

For anyone wanting more informationabout the New Millennium Project, Secretary Gwadosky will be taking partin a program on October 19, 2000 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. sponsoredby the Brunswick Area League of Women Voters that will discuss many ofthe finding of the New Millennium Project with a youth panel from Bowdoin College.



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September 25, 2000 

Secretary Gwadosky toPresent Kathleen Montejo with
Lorraine M. Fleury Awardat Lewiston City Hall

On Tuesday, September 26,2000 at 11:00 a.m., Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will present the Lorraine M. Fleury Award to Kathleen Montejo, City Clerk of Lewiston forher outstanding contributions to the election process.   Thepresentation will take place at the City Council Chambers, City Hall inLewiston.

The Lorraine M. Fleury Awardis presented to an individual for outstanding contributions to the electionprocess.  The Award seeks to honor a person who has made a significantcontribution to the election process and exemplifies the qualities of fairness,experience, knowledge and service.  The Award is named after LorraineM. Fleury who was the long time Elections Director for the Stateof Maineand who exemplifies the qualities that are the criteria for thisAward. 

Kathy Montejo is a fittingrecipient of this award.  She has been a strong advocate for clerktraining.  She has taken the lead in seeking scholarships so clerks could obtain the necessary training that would allow them to excel in their positions and better serve their communities.  She has also encouraged clerks to network with each other and share information and techniquesbyestablishing an e-mail directory and she has also worked to help re-establishand strengthen the clerks’ county associations.

An active member of the MaineTown and City Clerk’s Association, Kathy has served two terms as presidentand has become a certified trainer on various municipal topics, includingelections.  In addition, she has received a certified municipal clerkdesignation from the International Institute of MunicipalClerks, as wellas the New England Association of City and Town Clerks. She receivedher Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine.

Her career hastaken herinto various areas of public service.  Kathy served as townclerkin Woolwich for 5 years and also held the position of administrativeassistantwith responsibility for daily oversight of town activities.  She has also held the position of city clerk and registrar of voters inthecity of Bath.  In her current position, Kathy serves as city clerkinLewiston.

Individuals who have beenhonored in the past are Gerald P. Berube of Lewiston, Linda C. Cohen ofSouth Portland, D. Brenda Caldwell of Gorham, Ethelyn Marthia of Kennebunk, Deborah S. Cabana of Brunswick, and Debra Lane of Cape Elizabeth. The award is typically presented at the Secretary of State’s Annual Elections Conference,which provides training to election officials.




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September 25, 2000 

Secretary Gwadosky AnnouncesExpanded Hours
at Motor Vehicle MobileUnit Locations

AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that beginning on October 1, 2000, theBureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will be providing expanded hours at its mobile unit locations in Kittery and York and adding a new mobile unitsite in Eliot.  Mobile Unit teams currently visit 25 municipalitiesacross the state on a rotating schedule to provide driver license and stateidentification card services to Maine citizens. 

“The mobile unit teams allowus to reach many areas that are not located near one of our 13 motor vehiclebranches,” stated Secretary Gwadosky.  “With the additional hours,we will be better able to serve Maine citizens.”

This new mobile unit schedulewill allow the BMV to provide an additional 10 hours a month of service.

Today’s announcement alsoincluded schedule changes for 5 other municipalities.  The mobile unit teams will be visiting the municipalities of Bridgton, Farmington,Limerick, Skowhegan, and South Paris on a new set of scheduled days. 

In addition tothe branchoffices and mobile units, driver license renewals may also be processed at 8 Rite Aid Stores across the state.  With their expanded hours,the Rite Aid Stores provide people with another option for renewing theirdriver’s license.  A complete list of these motor vehicle agency locationsisavailable here.)




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September 19, 2000 

Secretary of State DanA. Gwadosky to Honor
Pine Tree Telephone andTelegraph Company
for 100 Years of Incorporation

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will honor the Pine Tree Telephone and Telegraph Company for 100years of incorporation on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at its offices on Route 26 in Gray, Maine.  The Pine Tree Telephone and TelegraphCompany is a business corporation that was incorporated in the State ofMaine on January 29, 1900.

Ten corporations are celebratingtheir centennial anniversary this year.  They include four businesscorporations--The Pine Tree Telephone and Telegraph Company, Boothby &Bartlett Company, Chi Delta Phi House Corporation, and The Palmer FamilyCompany--and 6 non-profit corporations--Franklin Grange, No. 50, Mechanics’ Association, Mt. Desert Island YMCA, Tarratine Club, Livermore Falls Library Association, and Winterport Free Library Association.

“I enjoythis opportunityto recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that haveattained this milestone,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “Many dedicatedpeople have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years.  It is a significant achievement, given thatmy Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file.”

The Pine Tree Telephone andTelegraph Company was first organized in December 1899 to serve the communication needs of the communities of Gray and New Gloucester.  Its first operations were out of a family home.   Over its 100-year history, PineTree Telephone has been part of a number of technological advances, fromearlymagneto phone systems to electronic telephone switches to fiber optics. Pine Tree Telephone is a company committed to providing personal servicetoitscustomers, while seeking to continually advance and evolve withthe newtechnologiesthat will better serve those customers.



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September 12, 2000 
 
 

Secretary of State DanA. Gwadosky Honors
Franklin Grange, No.50 for 100 Years of Incorporation

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky honored the Franklin Grange, No. 50 for 100 years of incorporation on Saturday, September 9, 2000 prior to its monthly meeting in Wilton.  The Franklin Grange, No. 50 is a nonprofit organization that was incorporated in the State of Maine on March 27, 1900.

Ten corporations are celebratingtheir centennial anniversary this year.  They include four businesscorporations--The Pine Tree Telephone and Telegraph Company, Boothby &Bartlett Company, Chi Delta Phi House Corporation, and The Palmer FamilyCompany--and 6 non-profit corporations--Franklin Grange, No. 50, Mechanics’ Association, Mt. Desert Island YMCA, Tarratine Club, Livermore Falls Library Association, and Winterport Free Library Association.

“I enjoythis opportunityto recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that haveattained this milestone,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “Many dedicatedpeople have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years.  It is a significant achievement, given thatmy Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file.”

The Franklin Grange was firstorganized in 1874.  In 1886, the members purchased the cheese factoryon the Weld Road from the Wilton Cheese Company and this served as theGrange Hall until 1948, when the members purchased and renovated the former White Schoolhouse.  Through the generosity and hard work of its members, the Franklin Grange has established, among other items, a Grange Library, that is considered one of the finest in the state.



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September 11, 2000 

Post-Labor Day Kick-Offfor “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” Program
At World War II Memorialin Bangor

On Monday, September 11,2000 at 10:30 a.m., Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky held a post-Labor Day kick off event for the Vote in Honor of a Veteran program at the World War II Memorial located at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. 

This new voting initiativeseeks to promote voter participation by making the connection between thosewho have served our country in the armed forces and our right to vote.  Secretary Gwadosky is working in cooperation with the Maine Veterans’ CoordinatingCommittee to encourage people to wear a personalized button to the pollson Election Day.  The buttons will indicate that the wearer is votingin honor of a veteran, perhaps a family member or a neighbor who has served,or is serving in the military, and thereby acknowledging thatindividual’ssacrifice to preserve our democracy.

“This program is a way forus to show our appreciation for those who have served in themilitary andthereby have helped preserve our right to vote,” SecretaryGwadosky said. “Too often people take the right to vote for grantedwithout realizingthe sacrifices that have been made for us to keep that right.  Withthis new program we hope to help people remember the importance of taking part in the election process,” Secretary Gwadosky said.  “It is alsoan opportunity for people to declare their appreciation for the specific contributions of a particular veteran.”

The Marine Corps League ColorGuard took part in the event, along with many distinguished guests, includingveterans from the various branches of the armed services. Galen Cole,the founder of the Cole Land Transportation Museum provided welcoming remarks. The main speaker was Victor Buker of Albion, whose brother, Sergeant BrianBuker, was a Medal of Honor Recipient.   Mr. Victor Buker providedsome personal remarks about the importance of voting and the sacrificesmade by U.S. servicemen and servicewomen that ensure we continue to livein a democratic society.  Sgt. Brian Buker served in the U.S. Army,Detachment B-55, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces.  Hereceived the Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.  Sgt. Buker distinguished himself while serving as a platoon adviser ofthe Vietnamese mobile strike force company during an offensive mission.”

An Albion native, Sgt. Bukerpersonally led his platoon through a well-guarded pass in the Chau DocProvince of the Republic of Vietnam, on April 5, 1970 and establishedthefirst foothold at the top of an impenetrable mountain fortress. Theplatoon came under intense enemy fire from two bunkers, and Sgt. Buker“with complete disregard for his personal safety, charge through thehailof enemy fire” to destroy the first bunker.  While organizinghismen for an attack of the second bunker, Sgt. Buker was seriously wounded. Despite his wounds, “he crawled forward and destroyed the second bunker.  Sgt. Buker refused medical attention and was reorganizing his men to continue the attack when he was mortally wounded.”

Order forms toreceive apersonalized button to wear to the polls on November 7, 2000 canbe downloadedfrom the Office of the Secretary of State’s web site at www.state.me.us/sos/news/vet.htm andmailed to 148 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333or received bycalling (207) 626-8406. Local veteran posts will alsobe distributingorder forms throughout the fall .




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September 8, 2000 

***Media Advisory***

Post-Labor Day Kick-Offfor
“Vote inHonor of a Veteran”Program
Monday, September 11,2000, 10:30 a.m.

World War II Memorial
Cole Land Transportation Museum
405 Perry Road, Bangor

On Monday, September 11,2000 at 10:30 a.m., Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will hold a post-Labor Day kick off event for the Vote in Honor of a Veteran program at the World War II Memorial located at the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor. 

This new voting initiativeseeks to make the connection between those who have served ourcountryin the armed forces and our right to vote.  Secretary Gwadoskyisworking in cooperation with the Maine Veterans’ Coordinating Committeeto encourage people to wear a personalized button to the polls on ElectionDay.  The buttons will indicate that the wearer is voting in honorofa veteran, perhaps a family member or a neighbor who has served, oris servingin the military. 

Taking part inthe eventwill be the Marine Corps League Color Guard, along with many distinguished guests, including veterans from the various branches of the armed services.  Galen Cole, the founder of the Cole Land Transportation Museum will provide welcoming remarks.  The main speaker will be Victor Buker of Albion, who’s brother, Sergeant Brian Buker, was a Medal of Honor Recipient.   Mr. Victor Buker will provide some personal remarks about the importanceof voting and the sacrifices made by U.S. servicemen and servicewomen thatensure we continue to live in a democratic society.  Sgt. Brian Bukerserved in the U.S. Army, Detachment B-55, 5th Special Forces Group, 1stSpecial Forces.  He received the Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantryand intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond thecall of duty.  Sgt. Buker distinguished himself while serving as aplatoon adviser of the Vietnamese mobile strike force company during anoffensive mission.”

Order forms toreceive apersonalized button to wear to the polls on November 7, 2000 canbe downloadedfrom the Office of the Secretary of State’s web site atwww.state.me.us/sos/news/vet.htmand mailed to 148 State House Station, Augusta,Maine 04333 or receivedby calling (207) 626-8406.  Local veteran postswill also be distributingorder forms throughout the fall.




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September 6, 2000 

Secretary Gwadosky SuspendsMassachusetts Trucking Company

AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that Quality Trucking’s right to operatecommercial vehicles in Maine will be suspended for 30 days, effective September15th.  Secretary Gwadosky suspended the Pittsfield, Massachusetts carrier based upon the recommendation of the Maine Motor Carrier ReviewBoard.

In taking thisaction, SecretaryGwadosky noted that the company had 13 safety-related motorcarrier violationsin a 1 year period including defective brakes, using anunqualified driver,several unsecured load violations, and several over-limitpermit violations. In addition, over the past year, the company hashad 6 roadside safetyinspections, resulting in 3 vehicles being placed out-of-servicefor vehicledefects, primarily for brake problems.

“The Motor Carrier ReviewBoard was particularly concerned because Quality Trucking hauls oversize/overweightnon-divisible loads,” Secretary Gwadosky said. “While all trucking companiesshould strive to meet all safety standards, the transportation of oversizeloads requires that carriers pay particular attention to their unique safetyrequirements.”

“As a condition of restoration,”Secretary Gwadosky noted, “the company must provide the Motor Carrier ReviewBoard with additional information, so the Board may assess the company’sfuture ability to operate on Maine’s roadways.”  Further considerationand action may be taken at the Board’s December 7th meeting.

The Maine Motor Carrier ReviewBoard was created in 1996 to review the records of motor carriers withsignificant violation histories in Maine. The Board reviews approximately 80 carriers a year, and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Statefor possible enforcement action.




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August 29, 2000 
***Media Advisory***

Lewiston Motor VehicleBranch Grand Opening
Wednesday, August 30,2000 

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will officially open the new motor vehicle branch office in Lewistonon Wednesday, August 30, 2000, with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 11:15 a.m.  The Lewiston Branch has recently relocated to 36 Mollison Drive, Lewiston (near Sparetime Recreation at the old fair grounds).  The branch office had previously been located at 124 Canal Street in Lewiston.  The new location will allow the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to provide a more professional atmosphere and added amenities to the citizens of Lewiston.  The new location is also handicapped accessible.

The Lewiston Branch is oneof thirteen motor vehicle branch offices across the state.  Patty Morneault is the Branch Manager.  The Lewiston Office is a full service branch processing driver’s license, vehicle registrations and state identificationcards; providing driver examinations; and conducting administrative hearings. In addition to a new address, the Lewiston Branch will also have a newtelephone number--753-7750.



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July 19, 2000

        National Association of Secretaries of State
Elects Gwadosky as Treasurer

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky was elected Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) during its summer meeting and conference in Baltimore,Maryland.  As Treasurer, Secretary Gwadosky will oversee the financialtransactions of the organization and continue to sit on the Executive Committee. Secretary Gwadosky has served on the Executive Committee as Eastern RegionalVice-President for the past two years.  The Executive Committee providesleadershipand is responsible for ensuring the organization’s activitiesare completed.

The NASS members are alwaysseeking ways to improve voter participation in their states.  Thesecretaries often share ideas, programs and information that will encourage citizens to register and to vote.  Additionally, they also seek toestablish programs that will increase students’ awareness of the democraticprocess.

NASS has also developed andproposed a regional rotating presidential primary system designed to curb the current trend by states to front load presidential primaries. The NASS proposal creates four geographic regions, Eastern, Southern, Midwestern and Western and it also contains a provision to allow the New HampshirePrimary and the Iowa Caucus to be held prior to the first round of regionalprimaries.   The regions follow a structured calendar of primaryelection dates that would rotate every four years to allow voters in eachregion an equal opportunity to be among the first states to have theirvoices heard in the presidential nominating process.  (A copy of theproposal is available on the Internet at www.nass.org.)

NASS was established in 1904to assist Secretaries of State in the public administration of their duties. Over the years, the responsibilities of the office have evolved to includea variety of fields, however, the organization continues to provide theseelected officials with information and education for efficient and effective serve to the public.  Many of the common areas shared by secretaries of state are election oversight, corporate filing, Uniform Commercial Code filing and campaign finance and ethics administration.



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July 17, 2000 

Grants Support Preservationof Historic Documents and Objects

Twenty-four additional communitieshave received State funding to preserve archival records and museum materialsin the last of three grant opportunities. The June 1st deadlinedrew forty-oneapplications totaling over $113,000 in requests for which lessthan $38,000was available.  The New Century Community Program, whichwas generouslyfunded by the legislature, enabled the Maine State Archivesand the MaineState Museum to award funds for these projects.

The Maine State Archivesand the Maine State Museum have collaborated to protect historical materialswith a single application and a common review mechanism. Communities acrossMaine, which contributed over $40,000 in their own local matching funds, recently received notification of their grants.

"Maine's towns, cities, historicalsocieties and museums need continued and stable support to plan and protectour heritage," Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky observed.  Additionalfunding by the Maine Legislature will be needed to continue this type ofsupportfor community preservation.  With over $70,000 in unmet need apparentfrom the June deadline alone, many communities are hoping that the NewCentury Program will continue. 

Projects beginning this summerrange from preserving the history of the Public Health Division of theCity of Portland; preserving and providing access to community television videos of local and regional activities; to protecting research materialat the homestead in Harborside of the late Helen and Scott Nearing; tothe conservation of 15,000 photographs at the Monhegan Island Museum; toprotecting textile (clothing) collection in the Standish and Ste. AgatheHistorical Societies; to conducting environmental monitors at the VictoriaMansion in Portland;to organizing and preserving town records in Harpswell,Beals, and Cumberland; to a conservation assessment of materials housedat the Museum of AfricanAmerican Tribal Art.

In total, 112 communities received $133,000 in grants since December 1999.  The first roundofgrants in December provided $50,000 to 38 communities while in April,50 communities received $45,000 to preserve historic documents and artifacts. Attached is a list of the most recent grant recipients.

Grant Recipients in June2000
(Alphabetical by town name)

Beals,Town of Beals, To inventory, store and preserve 75 years oftown records. Collaborative Project w/Beals Historical Society.
Belfast,Belfast Historical Society & Museum, Archival housingof photographcollections
Brunswick,Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Conservation and framingof Midsummer Dayat Great Diamond Island, 1899,by CharlesFrederick Kimball.
Cumberland,Town of Cumberland, To preserve and organize the Town's records and makethem accessible to the public.
Embden,Embden Historical Society, To purchase archival materials that will housea collection of endangered historical documents including scrapbooks, books,newspapers, postcards, photographs, diaries, etc.
GrandLake Stream, Grand Lake Stream Historical Society, To ascertain that each object in the collection has accession # and provenance and catalog those objects.
Harborside,Good Life Center, To preserve the special collection of Helen and ScottNearing housed at Forest Farm in Harborside.
Harpswell,Town of Harpswell, To create a finding aid for the Town's permanent historicalrecords and conduct some preservation of those records.
Kennebunk,Brick Store Museum, To develop a long-range conservation schedule for theMuseum's portrait schedule.
Monhegan,Monhegan Museum, to clean, conserve and re-house 15,000 photographs.
Porter,Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society, To develop and institute a planfor the preservation and maintenance of the Society's vast collection ofarchival materials and objects.
Portland,City of Portland, Dept. of Health & Human Services, To preserve thewritten history of the Archives Public Health Portland and to create ameans for public access to this history.
Portland,Museum of African American Tribal Art, Conservation of Assessment.
Portland,University of Southern Maine Library, The African American Archives seeksto become fully apprised of the existence and content of other collectionsin Maine and serve as a clearing house and reference source for anyoneinquiring into this aspect of Maine and African American history.
Portland,Victoria Mansion, To develop a comprehensive program of environmental monitoringfor Victoria Mansion.
Scarborough,Community Television of Maine, Scarborough Community TV, To promote thepreservation of and access to thousands of hours of community televisionmaterial reflecting local and regional life in the state of Maine througha cooperative relationship with Northeast Historic Film.
Sebago,Jones Museum of Glass and Ceramics, Conservation work of archival collection.
Skowhegan,Skowhegan History House, To conduct a general needs assessment for thecollection: inventory, catalog, register and evaluate and suggestcourseof action.
SouthBerwick, Dunnybrook Historical Foundation, Inc., Consultant Visit: requests 2 days from Chris Beam.
St. Agatha, Ste. Agathe Historical Society, To evaluate the worth and provide appropriate storage for textile collection.
Standish,Standish Historical Society, Textile Re-housing Project based on DeborahBede Site Visit.
Steuben,Steuben Historical Society, To purchase archival suppliesand transferdocuments and photographs.
Stratton,Dead River Area Historical Society, To catalog, preserve, display and providecollections care training for Artifact collection.
Vinalhaven,Vinalhaven Historical Society, To create and implementan accessioningprocedure and cataloging system for our archival collection.



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June 22, 2000 

Maine Senate District34 Recount Completed

AUGUSTA - A recount resultingfrom the June Primary Election was held today in the RepublicanPrimaryfor Senate District 34.  Michael J. McAlevey (R) of Waterbororemainedthe winner by a margin of 9 votes after the ballots were recountedunderthe supervision of the Secretary of State’s Office.  JamesJ. Campbell(R) of Newfield had requested the recount after the preliminaryresultsfrom Election Day showed him to have lost the election.

“Recounts are one of manychecks and balances in our democratic form of government that allow thecandidates, as well as the general public to have confidence inthe electoralprocess,” stated Secretary Gwadosky.

Recounts are conducted ina secure State Police building on Hospital Street in Augusta.  Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the media may attend to observe.  State Troopers collect the ballots for the recounts as required by law.  The ballots are stored in tamperproof metal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals and locks. State Troopers guard the ballots 24 hours a day.

In a recount, the candidatesand the staff in the Division of Elections manually review each ballotto determine if the initial tabulation in the election is correct.Thecandidates may revise the election results based on the recount and bytheir mutual agreement. A candidate who requests and receives a recountmaywithdraw from the recount, thus ending the recount, at any time whiletherecount shows that candidate did not win the election.  If, duringtherecount, the candidate requesting the recount overtakes and passesthe candidatewho initially appeared to win the election, the candidaterequesting the recountmay not withdraw the request.

If the recountproduces enoughdisputed ballots to affect the outcome of the election, theSupremeJudicialCourt shall review the disputed ballots and will determinethe outcomeofthe election.
 
 


Date Race Candidates
Result
Result
Thursday 
June 22 
1:00 p.m. 

 

Maine Senate District 34
 

 

MichaelJ. McAlevey - R

James J.Campbell - R
 

989
 

977


980
 

971




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June 21, 2000 

Recount from June 13 Primaryto be Held Tomorrow

AUGUSTA--A recount resultingfrom the June Primary Election will be held tomorrow, Thursday,June 22,2000 at 1:00 p.m. at the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory on Hospital Street in Augusta.

James J. Campbell of Newfielda candidate in the Republican Primary for Maine Senate District 34 hasrequested a recount in the race he apparently lost to Michael J. McAlevey of Waterboro.  This is the only recount request from the June Primary Election.

As required bylaw, the MaineState Police have collected all the ballot boxes from eachcommunity involvedin this recount.  The ballots are stored in specialsecuritycontainersand are kept in a secure State Police facility until thedate ofthe recount.  Recounts are a public proceeding, but thenumber ofobservers is limitedby the sizeof the recount site.

In a recount, the candidatesand the staff in the Division of Elections manually review each ballotto determine if the initial tabulation in the election is correct.Thecandidates may revise the election results based on the recount and bytheir mutual agreement. A candidate who requests and receives a recountmaywithdraw from the recount, thus ending the recount, at any time whiletherecount shows that candidate did not win the election.  If, duringtherecount, the candidate requesting the recount overtakes and passesthe candidatewho initially appeared to win the election, the candidaterequesting the recountmay not withdraw the request.

If the recountproduces enoughdisputed ballots to affect the outcome of the election, theSupremeJudicialCourt shall review the disputed ballots and will determinethe outcomeofthe election.

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June Primary Recount



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date Race Candidates Initial Result Recount Result
Thursday
June 22
1:00 p.m.
 

 

Maine
Senate
District 34
 

 

MichaelJ. McAlevey-R

James J.Campbell-R
 

989
 

977

 

Pending
 

Pending

 

                                     (Apparent difference of 12 votes, or 0.6% of all votes cast.)



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Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky 
Kicks-Off “Vote in Honorof a Veteran” Initiative

Augusta - - Ina Flag Daycelebration, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky, in cooperationwith theMaine Veterans’ Coordinating Committee, kicked-off a new votinginitiativeat the Vietnam War Memorial in Capitol Park, Wednesday, Flag Day. Secretary Gwadosky and veterans’ groups are encouraging people to gotothe polls on Election Day, November 7, 2000 in honor of a veteran. The new program seeks to make a connection between the sacrifices of ourveteransand our right to vote. 

Personalized buttons whichproclaim the wearer is “Voting in Honor of a Veteran,” perhaps a familymember, a friend, or a neighbor that has served, or is serving in the militarywill be provided by the Office of the Secretary of State forpeople towear to the polls.  Order forms are available for downloadingat www.state.me.us/sos/news/vet.htm.The forms should be mailed to 148 StateHouse Station, Augusta, Maine 04333. Forms can also be received by calling626-8406.  In addition, localveteranposts will be distributing orderforms throughout the summer andfall. Forms must be returned by October20, 2000 to ensure that thosewho requesta button will receive it in timefor Election Day.

“The buttons are a way forus to show our appreciation for those who have served in the military andthereby have helped preserve our right to vote,” Secretary Gwadosky said. “Too often people take the right to vote for granted without realizingthe sacrifices that have been made for us to keep that right.  Withthis new program we hope to help people remember the importance of taking part in the election process,” Secretary Gwadosky said.  “This programis also a chance for people to declare their appreciation for thespecificcontributions of a particular veteran.”

Distinguished guests Wednesdayincluded Jack Monroe, Department Commander of Military Order ofPurpleHeart of United States of America, Department of Maine; Jon Garland,VicePresident of the Board of Trustees of the Maine Veterans Home; MerleAuclair,Department of Maine American Legion Representative; Romona Naragon,StateCommander American Legion Auxiliary; Marty O’Brien, past presidentof theClair Good Blood Chapter of the Korean War; Ed Hoyt, Department ofMaineKorean War Representative; Charles Michaud, Department of Maine Veteransof Foreign Wars Representative; and Diana Gerrish, American Legion AuxiliaryPresident. 



MediaAdvisory 
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
June 13, 2000 
MEDIA ADVISORY
Wednesday, June 14, 2000at 10:00 a.m.
Flag Day

Secretary of State toKick-Off 
VOTE IN HONOR OF A VETERANINITIATIVE
Vietnam War Memorial, Capitol Park, Augusta

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will be at the Vietnam War Memorial at Capitol Park in Augusta, at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2000, Flag Day.  At that time hisdepartment will unveil a new voting initiative which seeks to make theconnection between those who have served our country in the armed forcesand our right to vote.  The Office of the Secretary of State is workingin cooperation with the Maine Veterans’ Coordinating Committee to encouragepeople to wear a personalized button to the polls on Election Day. The buttons will indicate thatthe wearers are voting in honor of a veteran,perhaps a family member or aneighbor who has served, or is serving inthe military. 

Distinguished guests Wednesdaywill include veterans from the various branches of the armed services aswell as auxiliary members.  Speakers will encourage people to show their appreciation of the sacrifices our veterans have made to ensure that we have the right to vote by wearing the “I’m Voting in Honor of a Veteran”button to the polls in November.

Order forms toreceive apersonalized button to wear to the polls on November 7, 2000 canbe downloadedfrom the Office of the Secretary of State’s website atwww.state.me.us/sos/news/vet.htmand mailed to 148 State House Station, Augusta,Maine 04333 or receivedby calling (207) 626-8406.  Local veteran postswill also be distributingorder forms throughout the summer and fall.



ForImmediate Release 
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400
June 12, 2000 

Secretary Gwadosky toVisit Polling Sites Tomorrow

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky will be continuing his traditional election day visits to polling places during the June 13, 2000 Primary Election.  Secretary Gwadosky will greet voters and thank election workers throughoutthe day at 11 different polling places. 

“I look forward to visitingthe polling places on election day,” stated Secretary Gwadosky.  “Itprovides me with an opportunity to meet with the local electionofficials,greet voters at the polls, and thank the election workers for theirdedication.”

Secretary Gwadosky is scheduledto visit the following municipalities:
 
 

Municipality
Poll Location
Approximate Time
Belfast City Hall,Church Street
9:00 a.m.
Searsport Searsport Public SafetyBuilding
10:00 a.m.
Bucksport Bucksport High School 
10:45 a.m.
Ellsworth City Hall,Wards 1 and 2
11:30 a.m.
SouthwestHarbor American Legion Post 69,Village Green Way
1:00 p.m.
Bar Harbor  Municipal Building 3rd Floor,Cottage Street 
1:45 p.m.
Holden Municipal Building, Rt 1 
  3:30 p.m.
Bangor Bangor High School, Ward 
  4:15 p.m.
  Orono Municipal Building, MainStreet 
  5:00 p.m.
Pittsfield Town Office 
  6:15 p.m.
Fairfield Community Center 
  7:00 p.m.

Additional polling sitesmay be added as time permits.



ForImmediate Release
June 1, 2000
Contact Dan A. Gwadosky
207-626-8400 

Motorist’s Personal Informationwill be Protected by Rule Change

AUGUSTA--Beginning today,the personal information contained on your motor vehicle records will nolonger be available to sales and marketing organizations or to the general public.  Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced that his department has adopted rules, effective June 1, 2000, to provide Maine citizens with additional privacy and security regarding the personal information foundon their motor vehicle records.

“Maine citizens are concernedwith their privacy, and rightfully so,” stated Secretary Gwadosky. “Today’s rule change is one way to help provide some measure of securityfor people’s personal information.  While personal information maynot be as readily available to sales and marketing organizations or thegeneral public, there are still instances when personal information mustbe provided to law enforcement agencies, insurance companies and others,as specified by federal law,” Secretary Gwadosky continued.

In 1994, Congress enactedthe Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) to protect personal information contained on an individual’s motor vehicle records.  In September 1997, the Department of the Secretary of State adopted rules that conformed with the requirements of the federal law.  In particular, Maine motorists could request that their personal information not be released to salesand marketing organizations and the general public by completing an ‘opt-out’ form.  By completing the form, an individual’s personal information could not be released unless in connection with one of the enumerated exceptions under the law.

During the 1999 session Congressamended the federal DPPA.  Under this amendment, states cannot releasepersonal information on motor vehicle records to sales andmarketing organizationsand the general public, unless an individual specificallyagrees to therelease.  In this manner, an individual’s personalinformation isautomatically protected from release to sales and marketingorganizationsand the general public without having to take any action. This federalamendment required the change in Maine rules that becomes effectivetoday.

Personal information is informationthat identifies an individual, such as a name, address, telephone number,medical or disability information, photograph or digital image, and licenseor social security number.  Information relating to motor vehicle accidents, driving violations, or a driver's license or motor vehicle registration status is deemed public information under the federal law.  A motorvehicle record includes a driver’s license, permit, motor vehicle titleandregistration and identification cards.

The DPPA does allow for therelease of personal information from motor vehicle records if used in connectionwith vehicle safety, vehicle theft or emissions and for market research,product recalls and court proceedings.  Those agencies with accessto personal information for these purposes are: law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, motor vehicle dealers, businesses and employers toverify personal information for employment, towing companies to notifyowners oftowed vehicles, and private detective and security agencies.

For additionalinformationplease visit our web site  www.state.me.us/sos/bmv/privacy.htmor call 624-9000 ext. 52114 for acopy of our Maine Driver’s Privacy Brochure. 
 

For immediaterelease
May 25, 2000
Contact:   DanGwadosky
(207) 626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky setsorder of ballot questions
Drawing held this morningto determine question placement






































































AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky conducted a public drawing this morning to determine theorder of the six questions scheduled to appear on the November 7, 2000 ballot.  Secretary Gwadosky held the lottery at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2000 in his office in the Nash School Building in Augusta. Today’s drawing for ballot position was required by Maine law to determinethe order of three citizen initiatives, two constitutional amendments andone referendum question scheduled to appear on the November 7, 2000 ballot.

Maine law alsorequires thequestions to be organized on the ballot by category as follows:people’sveto questions are first, then citizen initiatives, followedby bond questions,then constitutional amendments and finally referendum questions. There are no people’s vetoes or bond questions scheduled to appearon theballot.

“It is significant to notethat this November’s ballot will not contain any bond questions,” statedSecretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky.  “This is the firstNovember electionsince 1982 that Maine voters have not been asked to considersometypeof bonding measure.” 

The questions will appearon the November 7, 2000 ballot in the following order: 
 
 

Prepared by the Office ofthe Secretary of State
119th Legislature– 2ndRegular Session
November 7, 2000
REFERENDUM ELECTION BALLOTQUESTIONS

CITIZEN INITIATIVES

Question 1    Should a terminally ill adult who is of sound mind be allowed to ask forand receive a doctor’s help to die?

Question 2    Do you favor requiring landowners to obtain a permit for all clear-cuts and defining cutting levels for lands subject to the tree growth tax law? 

Question 3    Do you want to allow video lottery machines at certain horse racing tracksif 40% of the profits are used for property tax relief? 
 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Question 4    Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to provide for the assessment of land used for commercial fishing activities based on the current use of that property? 

Question 5    Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to end discrimination againstpersons under guardianship for mental illness for the purpose of voting? 
 

REFERENDUM

Question 6    (PL 629) Do you favor ratifying the action of the 119th Legislature wherebyit passed an act extending to all citizens regardlessof their sexual orientationthe same basic rights to protection against discrimination now guaranteedto citizens on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national originin the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation and credit andwhere the act expressly states that nothing in the act confers legislative approval of, or special rights to, any person or group of persons?



MediaAdvisory                                                                Contact: Dan Gwadosky
May 24, 2000                                                                  (207) 626-8400 
 
 

* MEDIA ADVISORY *

Gwadosky tohold ballotdrawing Thursday
Results will set orderof questions on November 7 ballot

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that he will conduct a public drawing onThursday, May 25, 2000 to determine the order of three citizen initiatives, two constitutional amendments and one referendum question, scheduled toappear on the November 7, 2000 ballot.

Secretary Gwadosky will conductthe drawing at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2000 in his office in the NashSchool building at the corner of Sewall and Capital Streets in Augusta. Maine law requires the drawing process for ballot position.

Maine law alsorequires thequestions to be organized on the ballot by category as follows:people'sveto questions are first, then citizen initiatives, followed by bondquestions,then constitutional amendments and finally referendum questions. There are no people’s vetoes or bond questions scheduled to appearon theballot.  Secretary Gwadosky will conduct a drawing to determinetheorder of the questions within each of the previously mentioned categories. 

The questions that will appearon the November 7, 2000 ballot are as follows, in no particular order: 

Prepared bythe Officeof the Secretary of State
119th Legislature – 2ndRegular Session
November 7, 2000 REFERENDUMELECTION BALLOT QUESTIONS

CITIZEN INITIATIVES

Question_____ Should a terminallyill adult who is of sound mind be allowed to ask for and receive a doctor’shelp to die?

Question_____ Do you wantto allow video lottery machines at certain horse racing tracks if 40% ofthe profits are used for property tax relief?

Question_____ Do you favorrequiring landowners to obtain a permit for all clear-cuts and defining cutting levels for lands subject to the tree growth tax law? 
 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Question______Do you favoramending the Constitution of Maine to end discrimination against personsunder guardianship for mental illness for the purpose of voting? 

Question_____ Do you favoramending the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to provide for the assessment of land used for commercial fishing activities basedon the current use of that property? 

REFERENDUM

Question_____ (PL 629) Doyou favor ratifying the action of the 119th Legislature whereby it passedan act extending to all citizens regardless of their sexual orientation the same basic rights to protection against discrimination now guaranteed to citizens on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation and credit andwhere the act expressly states that nothing in the act confers legislativeapproval of, or special rights to, any person or group of persons?



For ImmediateRelease 
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
May 2, 2000
207-626-8400

2000 Poster& EssayContest Winners Announced

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced the winning students of the Office of the Secretaryof State’s 2000 Maine Constitution Poster and Essay Contest.  Thecontest is held in an effort to promote awareness of Maine history and the importance of democracy and voting among students in Grades K-12. Secretary Gwadosky’s office received over 800 posters and more than 100 essays fromschools all over the state.

The winners ineach of thecategories are as follows:

Posters

Grades K-3 Maine Symbols  Leah Rose Brooks Lisbon Elementary School
Grades 4-5 Maine History  Mark Emerson  Andover Elementary School

Essays

Grades 6-8 Maine Constitution Andrew Chin  North Yarmouth Academy
Grades 9-12 Voting and Democracy  Noah Sargent  Bangor Christian Schools

The winners ofthe contestreceive a $100 savings bond and have been invited by SecretaryGwadoskyto visit the Capital Complex and view the original Maine Constitution,held at the Maine State Archives, with the members of their class. Thevisitsare scheduled as follows: 

    LisbonElementary – May 2
    NorthYarmouth Academy – May 12
    AndoverElementary School – May 17

“The response to this programhas been wonderful this year.  It was very difficultto select winnersfrom the many fine essays and creative posters,” stated Secretary Gwadosky. 

Invitations toparticipatewere mailed to all Maine schools. Students could participate inone offour categories based upon grade level.  Students in Kindergartento Grade 3 could draw a poster on the symbols of Maine (chickadee, pinetree,state seal, etc.).  Grades 4 and 5 were asked to draw a posterpertainingto Maine History.  Students in grades 6 to 8 could submitan essay onthe Maine Constitution,while grades 9 to 12 were given thetopic “theImportance of Voting andDemocracy”.  “This program isagreat way to get younger studentsthinking about their state and itshistory,while encouraging older studentsto examine the nature of selfgovernanceand its importance in a free society,”said Secretary Gwadosky.

The winning posters and essaysmay be viewed on the Secretary of State’s Kids Page website - - http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/fyigames/const_essay.htm



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Jim Henderson
April 15, 2000
207-287-5793

Maine Students Qualifyfor National History Day Contest

Augusta - - Twenty-three individuals and teams representing nine Maine schools last Saturday wonthe opportunity to match history knowledge with the best America has tooffer.  The students, along with their parents and teachers, havequalified to participate in the National History Day competition at theUniversity of Maryland, June 11-15th.  This year's theme is "TurningPoints in History."

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky presented the awards at the April 8th state competition at theUniversity of Maine in Augusta.  “This has been a tremendous experiencefor me and my staff,” he declared.  “I am very confident that ourstudents will have a great experience at the National Contest and willrepresent their schools and the State of Maine with distinction."

Scarborough High School fieldeda large team and captured eight of the first or second place awards requiredto qualify for the National event.  The other participating schoolswere Bonny Eagle High School, Bonny Eagle Middle School, Lake Region MiddleSchool, Pownal Elementary School, Shaw Middle School, Skowhegan Area MiddleSchool, York High School, and York Middle School.

Participants in the Senior(grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 6-8) Divisions competed in one of sevencategories: historical paper (individual only); or exhibit, performance, or documentary (individual and group subcategories).

The Skowhegan Area MiddleSchool four-student team won the Junior Division World War II theme honorswith their performance entitled "The Holocaust: Legalized Discrimination."  Each student will receive a U.S. Savings Bond for $125 from the NationalWorld War II Memorial Foundation.

The Senior Division WorldWar II theme winner was Melanie Heazel from Scarborough with her exhibit "The Atomic Bombing of Japan."  She will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond from the Foundation.

Other awards were presentedfor use of newspapers in historical research and for a project's considerationof the topic's "relevance for today."

Maine History Day was coordinatedby the Maine State Archives, and supported by several major sponsors: theMargaret Chase Smith Library, the Maine State Library, the Maine HistoricalSociety, the University of Maine at Augusta, and the National World WarII Memorial Fund.

The History Day program,at both the state and national levels, adds a new dimension to teaching and learning history, and rewards student initiative, creativity, and scholarship. Its most important purpose: to change the way history is taught and learned by challenging students to conduct historical inquiry and by providinga positive learning environment in which students’ work is evaluated outsidethe classroom.  The Department of Secretary of State has sponsoreda variety of programs under the theme of Fostering Youth Involvement’ – FYI.  History Day, in addition to our Student Mock Election, EighthGrade Citizenship Award, and Constitution Essay and Poster Contest, providesa great opportunity for young people to develop their own sense of placein our country’s history.

Maine NationalHistory Dayis an important opportunity for schools, teachers, and students.  Each year more than 500,000 students and 50,000 teachers across the country participate in teacher workshops and student competitions.  The Maine program has an informative Internet web site with research tips at www.state.me.us/sos/arc/historyday/histhome.htm.  It features a list of participating schools, contest details, prizes andawards, and research sources.

To foster creativity andimagination, students select from a variety of formats to present their entries: papers, tabletop displays, media presentations, and performances.  Required research develops analytic abilities, as well as reading and comprehension skills.  An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged, integratingarts, economics, sciences, and other disciplines.  Problem solvingskills and teamwork are stressed.  Teams of educators and historiansjudge entries on historical quality, presentation, and adherence to theme. The experience of History Day enriches students' academic knowledge andpractical skills.

The competition providesteachers with a means to encourage students to expand their efforts beyondthe classroom experience.  Maine National History Day provides anexcellent assessment tool; integrates the study of history with other disciplines, including writing, the arts, and other social sciences; supplies curricular aids (lesson plans, bibliographic guides); supports professional development through workshops and summer institutes; encourages interaction with academic historians, librarians, archivists, and public historians; involves families and communities in support of education. Winning schools, students andteams will be recognized for their achievements.

Maine History Day 2000:Placement by Category and Division












































































Historical Paper                                                     Teacher                     School
 Junior 
 1 Discovering theStructure of DNA                        Andrea Gould             York Middle School
        Sarah A. Pardoe 

Senior 
1 The Telegraph                                                    Audrey Lovering         Bonny Eagle High School
         Aimee V. Cole
219th Amendment Paul LedmanScarborough High School
        Courtney A. Sullivan 
3 The Food And Drug Administration
        Ben C. Prunty Paul Ledman Scarborough High School

Media, Group (Documentary)                                   Teacher                      School
Junior 
1 George Mitchellon thepath to Peace                   Eleanor Botka          LakeRegion Middle School
   in Ireland
          Erin E. Bilodeau
          Patricia C. Shorey
          Alaina J. Clark
          Timothy A. Cushing 
2 Legal system changes throughoutthe Civil             Glenn Widmer          ShawMiddle School
    rightera
             Josh Wing
             Katie B. Kimball
             Sophia R. Kovrinos
             Kevin Sawyer
             Sarah E. Brown 
3 Jackie Robinson...Breaking the Color Barrier           Jane Littlefield         Shaw Middle School
             Elisabeth L. Beagle
             Brian A. King
 Senior 
1  World WarII                                                            Audrey Lovering       Bonny Eagle HS 
             Nicholas Walker
             Josh Lamson

Media, Individual (Documentary)                               Teacher                       School

  Junior 
1 The Last of theKennebecLog Drives                      Laura Richter                Skowhegan Area 
       Michael Hoy                                                                                              Middle School

  Senior 
1 Sputnic Starts the SpaceRace                                Audrey Lovering           Bonny Eagle HS
           Thomas A. Anderson 
2 The Second Punic War:A Turning Point in            Marita O'Neil                Scarborough HS
            Arin R. Bratt 
3 History of the Automobile                                        Paul Ledman               Scarborough HS
            Kate M. Angis 
 

Performance, Group                                                  Teacher                        School
   Junior 
1 The Depression                                                       Michael Morong   Bonny Eagle Middle School
          Brent P. Profenno
          Matt C. Brown
          Justin Norton
          Aron F. Semle
          Nick Wood
2 The Holocaust: Legalized Discrimination               Laura Richter      Skowhegan Area Middle School
          Denise M. Moody
          Kristina MacMichael
          Dana E. Bulba
          Ashley Colby 
  Senior 
1 The English Women's SuffrageMovement              Marita O'Neil            Scarborough HS
          Sarah G. Abrams
          Ashley R. Barton
          Mariah K. Buckley
          Jill B. Macomber
          Becky K. Condon 
2 The War in the Pacific                                             Marita O'Neil            Scarborough HS
          Mike P. McLaughlin
          Sean P. Flaherty
          Mike B. Mack
          Ryan M. Flint 

Performance, Individual                                              Teacher                       School
  Senior 
1 Saursa Tynchal;Hunt ofFreedom                             Audrey Lovering          Bonny Eagle HS
        Emily E. Gammon 
2 Blood Stains onWhiteMarble Steps:                        Andrea Gould              York High School
   Brown v. Boardof Education
         Alex S. Redfield 

Project, Group (Exhibit)                                               Teacher                       School
  Junior 
1 The Desegregation of LittleRock  Central High          Michael Morong, Bonny Eagle Middle School
    -- ATurning Point in History
            Michele E. Trumble
            Susan Shiland 
 2     Suburbs: For Better or For Worse?                           Eleanor Botka, Lake Region Middle School
            Nicole M. Perry
            Shannon M. Harrison 
3 Westward Movement: A TurningPoint in History         LauraRichter, Skowhegan Area Middle School
             Dean B. Redlevske
             Cynthia M. Currier
             Jack F. Belyeu
Senior 
1 Battle of Stalingrad                                                      Sandra Bradford, Scarborough High School
             Emily M. Kipp
             Alyssa L. Brackett
            Briana L. Carr 
2 The Bombing of Pearl Harbor                                      Sandra Bradford, Scarborough High School
              Hannah J. Hoxsie
              Allison L. Bertsch 

3 Gandhi                                                                        Marita O'Neil, Scarborough High School
             Sarah Bushey
             Jennifer R. Coyne
             Erin Kilby 

Project, Individual (Exhibit)                                          Teacher                          School
  Junior 
1 Follow the Leader                                                       Andrea Gould            York Middle School
             Meghan Eaton 
2 Morse Code                                                                Andy DesPres       Pownal Elementary School
             Tyler G. Callnan
3 The Jazz Age                                                             Jane Littlefield         Shaw Middle School
             James L. Hebert 
  Senior 
1 The Atomic Bombing ofJapan                                  Sandra Bradford    Scarborough High School
             Melanie M. Heazel 
2 Paradise Lost                                                             Sandra Bradford    Scarborough High School
            Matt B. Leighton
3 Abolition of Slavery inBritain                                    Sandra Bradford    Scarborough High School
               Elisabeth Grotton 

Maine History Day 2000- Special Awards

Bonny Eagle Middle School
92 Sokokis Trail , Buxton,ME 04093 
Use of Newspapers
 The Depression                                                                      Teacher:  Michael Morong 
Division and category: JuniorPerformance, Group
    JustinNorton
    NickWood
    AronF. Semle
    BrentP. Profenno
     Matt C. Brown

The Desegregation of LittleRock Central High -- A Turning    Teacher: MichaelMorong

Division and category:  Junior Project, Group (Exhibit)
      Michele E. Trumble
      Susan Shiland

Scarborough High School
20 Gorham Road , Scarborough, ME 04074 
Relevance for OurTime 
The Second Punic War: ATurning Point in History                  Teacher:  Marita O'Neil 
Division and category:  Senior Media, Individual
      Arin R. Bratt 
The English Women's SuffrageMovement                               Teacher:  Marita O'Neil 
Division and category:  Senior Performance, Group
       Becky K. Condon
       Jill B. Macomber
      Mariah K. Buckley
       Ashley R. Barton
       Sarah G. Abrams 
Use of Newspapers
 Gandhi                                                                                    Teacher:  Marita O'Neil
 Division and category: Senior Project, Group (Exhibit)
       Erin E. Kilby
       Jennifer R. Coyne
       Sarah Bushey 
World War II Senior Division
The Atomic Bombing of Japan                                                Teacher:  Sandra Bradford
 Division and category: Senior Project, Individual (Exhibit)
       Melanie M. Heazel 

Skowhegan AreaMiddle School
Skowhegan, ME 04976 
World War II Junior Division
The Holocaust: Legalized Discrimination                                  Teacher:  Laura Richter
 Division and category:  Junior Performance, Group
       Kristina MacMichael
       Denise M. Moody
       Ashley Colby
       Dana E. Bulba 

York Middle School
84 Organug Road ,York,ME 03909                                          Teacher:  Andrea Gould
 Relevance for OurTime
 Follow the Leader 
Division and category:  Junior Project, Individual (Exhibit)
         Meghan Eaton 




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
April 11, 2000
207-626-8400

Second Round of GrantsAllow Local Communities
to Preserve Maine's Heritage

AUGUSTA--An additional fiftycommunities received grants from state and federal sources to protect theirhistorical materials, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today.  Communities from Alexander to York were the beneficiaries of over $ 45,000 in grant funds.

"These grants are an excellentopportunity to preserve Maine's historical records and museum objects,"Secretary Gwadosky declared.

The preservation of Maine’sheritage at the local level was provided by the Maine Legislature's "Communitiesin the New Century" program.  Through the “New Century” program, theMaine State Archives and the Maine State Museum have developed a uniqueopportunity for historical societies, museums, and archives to obtain technicalassistance to evaluate the condition of historical materials, as well asthe financial assistance necessary to preserve and provide accessto them.

A closely allied grant programof the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board is also administered throughthe State Archives, a bureau within the Department of the Secretary ofState.  Supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, this federally funded historical records program was the model for the state's Archives-Museum program.

This is the second of threegrant opportunities under the New Century program.  In December 1999,thirty-eight communities received $50,000 in grants to preserve memories of earlier centuries of Maine's heritage.  One additional opportunity for communities to apply for grants under the New Century Program occurson June 1, 2000.  Contact Anne Ball with the Cultural Resources Information Center at 287-7591 or 846-1132 for more information and application material.

Grant Recipients
(Alphabetical by townname)

Alexander, Alexander-Crawford Historical Society, Microfilm of Assessor’s Books (1875-1899) and Selectman's Ledger (1847-1899)
Allagash, Allagash HistoricalSociety, Consultant Visit
Alna, Committee for AlnaHistory, Develop Archival Plan including: access policy, maintenancepolicy,acquisition policy and rehousing
Auburn, Androscoggin HistoricalSociety, Purchase of Archival Materials for Map and PhotographCollection
Augusta, John Paul JonesMemorial State Historic Site, Conservation of Maine Sailors and Soldiers Memorial by Bashka Paeff, 1926
Augusta, Old FortWestern,To teach, in a statewide workshop setting, innovative methods forconstructingand casting mannequin forms that are archival, economical andhistoricallyaccurate
Bar Harbor, Town of BarHarbor, Organization, access and rehousing of town records 
Bath, Patten FreeLibrary,Microfilm of the 1921 Bath Independent Newspaper 
Brewer, Brewer Historical Society, To create a complete inventory of the collections in the Clewley Museum and Consultant Visit
Brewer, City of Brewer, Microfilm of tax valuation and tax commitment books from 1978-2000 thathave not previously been microfilmed
Brooksville, Brooksville Historical Society, Develop accessions procedures. Organize records, mark objects and review, evaluate and organize collection and Consultant Visit: to provide overall assessment and work plan
Brunswick, Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum, Reassemble, duplicate, catalog and provide public accessto 167 hand-tinted glass lantern slide used by Donald B. MacMillan in hisimportant early lectures
Bucksport, Northeast HistoricFilm, Preservation and access to "An Amateur Exemplar"- a selection ofamateur film and home movies as a record of Maine culture and twentieth century creativity
Camden, Camden Historic Resources Archives, Conservation Treatment and Framing of Map of Camden,Knox County
Caribou, NylanderMuseumof Natural History, Consultant Visit and Evaluation of Geological Collection, Mollusk Shell Collection and archival material of Olof. O. Nylander
Cumberland, Town of Cumberland,Assessment of Town Records 
Dixfield, Dixfield HistoricalSociety, Archival assessment, sorting, rehousing, and cataloging and ConsultantVisit
Fort Kent, Fort Kent HistoricalSociety, Catalog and re-house artifact and archival collectionand provideUV filtering for collection
Freeport, Freeport HistoricalSociety, Process Clifford "Mel" Collins Collection
Frenchville, Frenchville Historical Society, Catalog and label the entire collection and performbasic conservation and rehousing where necessary
Gray, Gray Historical Society,Preserve, organize, rehouse and make accessible archival collection
Greenville, Moosehead HistoricalSociety, Textile collection survey and conservation recommendations. 
Harmony, Harmony Historical Society, Consultant Visit
Hinkley, L.C. Bates Museum,Treatment survey of Charles D. Hubbard dioramas from between 1920-1923
Houlton, Aroostook CountyHistorical & Art Museum, Assessment of Artifact and Archival Collection with recommendations for storage, conservation and exhibition
Kennebunk, Kennebunkport Historical Society, Condition assessment and development of curatorialplan for textile collection
Lille-Sur-St-Jean, L'Assoc.culturelle et historique du Mont, Survey, rehouse and prepare conservation priorities for textile collection
Livermore, Town of Livermore,Microfilm of Vital Statistics, town records and town reports from 1700-present
Livermore, Town of MountVernon, Survey of collection and microfilming of materials in the Town collection and the Mount Vernon Historical Society
Milbridge, Milbridge HistoricalSociety, Organize and conserve vital statistics and town records of Townof Milbridge.  Decrease access to originals by creating copies,  microfilm and index.
Monmouth, Monmouth Academy,Local history project with students 
Monmouth, Monmouth Museum,To secure the safety of at risk artifacts, textiles and fabrics.
New Gloucester, New GloucesterHistorical Society, Review, evaluate and organize town recordsand schoolrecords in the collection of the New Gloucester Historical Society
New Sweden, New Sweden HistoricalSociety, Evaluate and perform conservation on Immigrant trunk collection dating from 1870-1920 and located in four institutions: New Sweden Historical Society, Stockholm Historical Society, Maine's Swedish Colony and Woodland Museum
North Yarmouth, North YarmouthHistorical Society, To process 72 linear feet of pre 1849 North Yarmouth Town Records
Orono, Hudson Museum, Preservation(including relocation, stabilization, conservation and exhibition)  of birchbark canoe from 1888 originally made for Charles Strickland ofBangor
Orrington, Orrington HistoricalSociety, Consultant Visit
Otisfield, Otisfield HistoricalSociety, Microfilm of the diaries of Mary Pride Knight
Phillips, Town ofMadrid,Consultant Visit
Presque Isle, Northern MaineScience Museum, Scientifically organize and preserve the Fresh-Water andTerrestrial Mollusca Shell Collection and associated archival material of Leroy F. Norton (1893-1970), local natural historian and ConsultantVisi
Richmond, Town ofRichmond,Inventory, classify, assess, make preservation recommendations,begin implementationof preservation strategy and promote awareness of townarchival collection
Rockland, Farnsworth ArtMuseum, Wallpaper conservation project in the Farnsworth Homestead
Sedgwick, Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society, To rehouse, process and catalog 25 linear feet of archival material
South Paris, McLaughlin Foundation, Consultant Visit 
Thomaston, Friends of Montpelier-GeneralHenry Knox, Environmental monitoring and conservation of Duncan Phyfe teatable and ornamental eagle
Union, Union Historical Society, To accession, catalog, index and rehouse materials relating topre-1850 buildings in the town and the William Bessey Collection
Van Buren, Notre Heritage Vivant-Living Heritage Society, UV Filtering at the Acadian Village andtextile assessment and rehousing 
Vinalhaven, Vinalhaven HistoricalSociety, To create an index and catalog system for museum objects and archives 
Waterford, Waterford HistoricalSociety, Preserve, review, evaluate, organize, catalog and index archivalcollection 
Weld, Weld Historical Society,Consultant Visit
Windsor, Town of Windsor, Consultant Visit
Yarmouth, Yarmouth HistoricalSociety, Conservation assessment of artifact collection and establish conservationpriorities
York, Old York Historical Society, Digitize and microfilm Town Clerk records and genealogical notes from 1860



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
April 10, 2000
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky SuspendsTwo Motor Carriers

AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky has issued suspensions for two motor carriers who conductbusiness in Maine.  Secretary Gwadosky’s suspension ofA&L Transport,Inc. of Oakfield, Maine, and Striker Transportation, Inc.,of Chelsea,Massachusetts, were made pursuant to recommendations receivedfrom theMaine Motor Carrier Review Board.  Both carriers are suspendedfora period of ninety days, beginning April 21, 2000.  The suspensionprohibits the carriers from operating commercial vehicles in Maine. Either motor carrier may appeal the suspension to the Maine Superior Court.

“The suspension period providescarriers with an opportunity to ensure their drivers and vehicles operatewithin the safety requirements of Maine law,” said Secretary Gwadosky. “The Motor Carrier Review Board has been effective in evaluating the recordsof commercial carriers and promoting safety on Maine’s roadways.”

A & L Transport, Inc.has a history of overweight violations, among other safety violations, and had been suspended in December 1998.  This recent review by theMaine Motor Carrier Review Board was based upon continued weight violationsandcitations for vehicle safety defects that resulted in a second recommendationfor suspension.

Striker Transportation, Inc.came before the Board for a number of vehicle defect and safety violations, as well as a log book violation and two violations for operating withoutauthority.  The company also had 10 roadside inspections resultingin 21 out-of-service violations.  An out-of-service violation is aspecific, serious violation, generally vehicle related, that prevents anyfurther movement of the vehicle until the violation is corrected.

The Maine Motor Carrier ReviewBoard gives special consideration to hours of service, gross vehicle weight,log book and vehicle defect violations.  The Board is comprised ofrepresentatives from large and small motor carriers, the forest productsindustry, the insurance industry and a citizen representative who is amember of Parents Against Tired Truckers.  The Board’s existence, membership and actions are authorized by laws passed in 1995.  TheSecretary of State is responsible for considering and, if warranted, actingon the Board’s recommendations.

Since its creation in 1996,the Board has conducted 375 reviews of over 200 different Maine and out-of-statemotor carriers.   The 375 reviews resulted in the Board conducting159 preliminary reviews; issuing 131 formal warnings; conducting 73 formalhearings; and recommending 10 suspensions.  In addition, the Boardhas also required carriers to develop and implement a motor carriersafetyplan, as part of remedial action when appropriate.


ForImmediate Release
Contact: Jim Henderson
April 6, 2000
207-287-5793

History Comes Alive atUMA Saturday
Secretary of State DanA. Gwadosky to Honor Prize Winners at 
Maine History Day Competition

AUGUSTA—On Saturday, April8, 2000, more than 100 students from around the state will gather at theUniversity of Maine at Augusta’s Jewitt Hall for the annual Maine HistoryDay Competition. The students will compete for the honor ofmoving on tothe National History Day Competition to be held in College Park,Marylandin June.

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will be on hand to honor the prize winners in seven different categories. Students can either compete as individuals or in a group bysubmitting a paper, an exhibit, a documentary or by performing live infront of a panel of select judges. There are also two levels of competitionone for Grades6-8 and one for Grades 9-12

“I am pleased to have theopportunity to honor these outstanding young people who have worked sohard to get to this day,” Secretary Gwadosky said. “Maine History Day,in addition to our other Fostering Youth Involvement programs, provides a great opportunity for young people to develop their own sense of placein our country’s history.”

“The young people who takehome the awards on Saturday will be excellent representatives of our stateat the National Competition and I wish them well,” theSecretary added.

Schools with students participatingin Maine History Day are: Bonny Eagle Middle School and High School, Standish;Shaw Middle School, Gorham; Scarborough High School, Scarborough; LakeRegion Middle School, Naples; Pownal Elementary School, Pownal; Skowhegan Area Middle School, Skowhegan; and York Middle School and High School,York.

Maine History Day beginswith registration at 9 a.m. and ends with an Awards Ceremony beginning between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Judging of entries will begin at 9:30 a.m. andrun until 12:30 p.m.

Come by UMA’s Jewitt Hallin Augusta Saturday and see history come alive.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
April 5, 2000
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky UrgesMaine People Not to Let Federal
Money “Go Up in Smoke,”Return Census Forms

Portland--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky was joined by local municipal officials  atthe SouthPortland Census Office on Wednesday, April 5, 2000 to encourageMaine residentsto return their Census forms to ensure Maine receives itsfair share ofFederal funds. 

“Completing the census formis very quick and easy,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “I want to remindeveryone that there is still time to mail in yourform and be counted.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ensurethat Maine receives its fair shareof federal funding.” 

An accurate and completeCensus is important for not only the nation, but also for the State ofMaine and local communities.  Population counts from the census are used to reapportion Congressional seats, to determine Congressional districts, and to distribute nearly $200 billion of federal funds annually.   An incomplete count can directly impact the amount of federal funds theState of Maine and local municipalities receive for various programs. 

Locally, census counts areinstrumental in providing valuable information for a number ofinitiativesincluding forecasting future transportation needs, assessing ruraldevelopmentand planning and designing public safety strategies. 

The initial response ratefor the return of census forms in Maine is averaging 48%.  Thisislower than the response rates for the Northeast region, 52%, and nationally,50%.  Maine officials are hoping at least 63% of Maine citizens willcomplete and return their census forms.

To underscore the factthat a failure to return your census form is like “burningmoney” thatcould be used in Maine, Secretary Gwadosky, as part of hispresentation‘burned money’ to illustrate his point.

Census officeshave beenopened in South Portland and Bangor and while Census forms weredue onApril 1, 2000, census takers will be completing the enumeration ofMaineresidents over the next several weeks.  The South Portland CensusOffice is located on the corner of Ocean and Market Streets.  Foradditionalinformation on Census activities in the Portland area call 741-4019.




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
April 3, 2000
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky UrgesMaine People Not to Let Federal
Money “Go Up in Smoke,”Return Census Forms

Bangor--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky was joined by local municipal officials and representatives of various Native American organizations at the Bangor Census Office onMonday, April 3, 2000 to encourage Maine residents to return their Censusforms to ensure Maine receives its fair share of Federal funds. 

“Completing the census formis very quick and easy,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “I want to remindeveryone that there is still time to mail in yourform and be counted.  Don’t miss this opportunity to ensurethat Maine receives its fair shareof federal funding.” 

An accurate and completeCensus is important for not only the nation, but also for the State ofMaine and local communities.  Population counts from the census are used to reapportion Congressional seats, to determine Congressional districts, and to distribute nearly $200 billion of federal funds annually.   An incomplete count can directly impact the amount of federal funds theState of Maine and local municipalities receive for various programs. 

Locally, census counts areinstrumental in providing valuable information for a number ofinitiativesincluding forecasting future transportation needs, assessing ruraldevelopmentand planning and designing public safety strategies. 

The initial response ratefor the return of census forms in Maine is averaging 48%.  Thisislower than the response rates for the Northeast region, 52%, and nationally,50%.  Maine officials are hoping at least 63% of Maine citizens willcomplete and return their census forms.

To underscore the fact thata failure to return your census form is like “burning money” that couldbe used in Maine, Secretary Gwadosky, as part of his presentation ‘burnedmoney’ to illustrate his point.

Census officeshave beenopened in South Portland and Bangor and while Census forms weredue onApril 1, 2000, census takers will be completing the enumeration ofMaineresidents over the next several weeks.  The Bangor Census Officeislocated on the 5th floor of the Fleet Center on Exchange Street. Foradditional information on Census activities in the Bangor area call973-1741.




Media Advisory                                                       Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
April 1, 2000                                                           207-626-8400

MEDIA ADVISORY
Press Conference 
Monday, April 3, 2000at 10:30 a.m.
Census Office
Fleet Center, 5th Floor
80 Exchange Street, Bangor

Secretary Gwadosky toUrge Maine People Not to Let Federal
Money “Go Up in Smoke,”Return Census Forms

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will be joined by local municipal officials and representatives of various Native American organizations to encourage Maine residents toreturn their Census forms to ensure Maine receives its fair share of Federalfunds. 

An accurate and completeCensusis important for not only the nation, but also for the State of Maine andlocal communities.  Population counts from the census are used toreapportion Congressional seats, to determine Congressional districts, and to distribute nearly $200 billion of federal funds annually.   An incomplete count can directly impact the amount of federal funds theState of Maine and local municipalities receive for various programs. 

To underscore the factthat a failure to return your census form is like “burningmoney” thatcould be used in Maine, Secretary Gwadosky, as part of hispresentationwill ‘burn money’ to illustrate his point.

Census officeshave beenopened in South Portland and Bangor and while Census forms weredue onApril 1, 2000, census takers will be completing the enumeration ofMaineresidents over the next several weeks.




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
March 31, 2000
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky RulesCandidate Petition for House District 92 Invalid

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky issued a decision today upholding the challenge brought by Barry Timson against the petition filed by Jonilyn L. Grant, a Republican candidate for the House of Representatives.  In his ruling, Secretary Gwadosky found that the challenger had provided sufficient evidence toinvalidate two signatures on the petition.  Without these signaturesthe petition contained only 23 valid signatures, two short of the 25 requiredby law for a person’s name to be placed in nomination as a primary ballotcandidate.  Since the petition did not contain sufficient signatures,Secretary Gwadosky therefore ruled the entire candidate petition invalid.

“This was a clear violationof Maine’s election law and has all the appearances of election fraud,”said Secretary Gwadosky.  “For this reason, we have referred the matterto the Attorney General’s Office for further investigation of any possiblecriminal activity surrounding the petition.”

On March 22, 2000, BarryS. Timson, a registered voter residing within House District 92, filed a challenge with the Office of the Secretary of State.  At issue was whether several of the signatures appearing on the petition were actually signed by the person whose signatures they purported to be.  Accompanying the challenge were written statements of two of the individuals whose signatures appear on the petition but who claimed not to have signed the petition.  Also submitted with the challenge was a photocopy of the obituary of athird individual, Julia Barlow, whose signature appears on the petition. At a hearing held on March 28, 2000, Lyn A. Gray and Robert O. Gray provided testimony consistent with their written statements that those were nottheir signatures on Ms. Grant’s petition.

In a separate communication, the Secretary of State’s Office referred several issues that came to lightduring the hearing to the Attorney General’s Office for further investigationinto possible criminal activity surrounding the petition.  In particular,the Attorney General’s Office was provided with the unchallenged testimonyof Lyn A. Gray and Robert O. Gray that indicates their signatures may havebeen forged on the petition.  The evidence at the hearing also calledinto question the validity of the circulator’s oath, which requires a circulatorto swear that everyone who signed the petition did so beforehim.

The Secretary of State’sOffice had previously referred to the Attorney General’s Office the informationit received from the Hallowell clerk’s office indicating that one of thesignatures invalidated by the deputy city clerk was that of a Julia Barlow,of 47 Middle Street, who had died on March 13, 1996.  Any criminalcharges will be issued by the Attorney General’s Office upon completionof its investigation.

RULING OF THE SECRETARYOF STATE:

ON THE VALIDITY OF THE CHALLENGEBROUGHT BY BARRY S. TIMSON OF HALLOWELL AGAINST THE PETITION FILED ON BEHALFOF JONILYN L. GRANT, A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR REPRESENTATIVE TO THE LEGISLATUREIN DISTRICT 92, PURSUANT TO 21-A M.R.S.A. SECTION 337,SUB-SECTION 2, PARAGRAPHC.

1. On March 28, 2000 a publichearing was held for the purpose of hearing evidence relating to the allegationsdelineated in the challenge made by Barry S. Timson ofHallowell againstthe petition filed on behalf of Jonilyn L. Grant, a Republicancandidatefor Representative to the Legislature in District 92.

2. The challenge was filedin the Office of the Secretary of State, Division of Elections,on March22, 2000 and contained the following allegation:

That the petition containedinsufficient valid signatures for nomination based upon the written statementsof Lyn A. Gray and Robert O. Gray of Hallowell, that they did not signthe petition which contains their names.

3. Following areview ofthe Report of the Hearing Officer dated March 29, 2000 and of theexhibitspresented at the hearing, I find that the challenger has met theburdenof providingsufficient evidence, pursuant to 21-A M.R.S.A. section337,sub-section 2,paragraph B, to invalidate the signatures of Lyn A. Grayand Robert O. Grayand therefore find the challenge to the petition isvalid. I furtherfind that withthe invalidation of the signaturesof Lyn A. Grayand RobertO. Gray, the petition is invalid as there areinsufficient signaturesfor nominationof Jonilyn Grant, to the RepublicanPrimary Election, in HouseDistrict 92,pursuant to 21-A M.R.S.A. section335, subsection 5, paragraphG, and section337, subsection 2, paragraphC. 

4. This decision may be appealedby commencing an action in the Superior Court within 5 days, pursuant to21-A M.R.S.A. section 337, subsection 2, paragraph D.  Acopy of therelevant statute is attached for your convenience.
 
 

Dated: March 31, 2000                      __________________________ 
                                                       Dan A. Gwadosky
                                                       Secretary of State



MediaAdvisory 
Contact: Domna Giatas
March 24, 2000
207-626-8406
Media Advisory
Hearing Scheduled forChallenge to House District 92
Candidate Petition

1 p.m., Tuesday, March 28,2000
1st Floor Conference Room
Office of the Secretary of State
Nash School Building
Corner of Sewall and CapitalStreets in Augusta

On Tuesday, March 28, 2000,the Office of the Secretary of State will hold a public hearingat 1:00p.m. to determine if a petition filed by Joni-Lyn L. Grant, a Republican candidate for District 92 of the House of Representatives, has sufficient valid signatures to allow her name to appear on the ballot for the Republican Primary Election in June. 

On March 22, 2000, BarryS. Timson, a registered voter residing within House District 92, filed a challenge with the Office of the Secretary of State.  At issue iswhether several of the signatures appearing on the petition were actuallysigned by the person whose signatures they purport to be.  Accompanyingthe challenge were written statements of two of the individuals whose signaturesappearon the petition but who claim not to have signed the petition. Alsosubmitted with the challenge was a photocopy of the obituary of athird individualwhose signature appears on the petition.

At the public hearing Mr.Timson will have to provide evidence and witnesses that support his claim that Ms. Grant’s petition does not contain the minimum 25 signatures requiredby state law in order to appear on the primary ballot or that the petitionshould otherwise be declared invalid.  Ms. Grant will also have anopportunity to provide any evidence and witnesses that support the nominating petition she has filed.  The hearings officer will determine, uponexamination of all of the evidence, if the petition meets the requirementsof state law.



For ImmediateRelease
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
March 14, 2000
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky Advocatesfor State/Municipal Internet Network
AppropriationsCommitteeto Consider Bill in Wednesday Workshop

AUGUSTA—Imagine receivinggovernment services with just a few clicks of a mouse at your computer, instead of standing in line or waiting on hold.  That’s the goal ofthe Maine Governmental Information Network (MGIN).  MGIN was created in 1999 by the Maine Legislature and charged with forming an Internet network of municipalities and state agencies to provide improved access for citizens to governmental services at the state and local level.  SecretaryofState Dan A. Gwadosky is encouraging support for just such a proposalcurrentlybefore the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations.

“In recent days, the discussionabout technology and its benefits to Maine has revolved around laptop computersand seventh graders.   More needs to bedone to improve Maine’sposition in an ever-increasingly technologicalworld, but government shouldlead by example,” stated Secretary Gwadosky.  “Laptops will not beof benefit to this or the next generation if government is not able tocoordinate and integrate its functions to provide important informationand services on-line.”

Sen. Carol Kontos (D-Cumberland),the sponsor of the original legislation explained, “To most people, thereis no distinction between levels of government, it’s just government. With the current advances in technology, this is an opportunity to provideimproved and seamless governmental services via the Internet.”  Kontosadded, “Maine was first in the nationto connect all the schools and libraries,and it can be one of the first inthe nation to connect communities.”

Before state and local governmentscan expand exciting innovative services to Maine citizens, it is essentialthat all municipalities have the basic technological infrastructure.  The MGIN Board was established by the Legislature to create such a network, in a format similar to the schools and libraries program.

“A technological frameworkhas been established in southern Maine by Bell Atlantic throughthe useof DSL; and Time Warner will be providing Internet service to PresqueIsle,”Secretary Gwadosky continued.  “The Maine Legislaturehas the opportunityto provide these same advantages to every municipalityin Maine, and ensurethat Maine’s towns are not divided into the ‘have’s’and the ‘have not’s’.”

Referencing Maine’s so calleddigital divide, Secretary Gwadosky commented, “We simply cannot ignorethe impact a lack of technology will have on our smaller municipalities.  Many communities that were bypassed by the interstate highway system inthe 1950’s and 1960’s never recovered from the economic losses.  Wemust be vigilant in ensuring that the “information super-highway” reachesall of Maine’s communities.”

Secretary Gwadosky citedrecent surveys that indicate 45% of Maine households are connected to theInternet.  However, less than half of the municipalities have access to Internet connections.   Maine citizens are demanding moreconvenient services, including the ability to obtain government services24-hours a day; to conduct government transactions on-line, instead ofwaiting in line; and to interact with a single point of contact for governmentservices.

“In order to meet the growingexpectations of citizens and to attract high-tech businesses to Maine,government at the state and local levels must be prepared to transact e-commercethrough the use of e-government,” said Secretary Gwadosky.

MGIN envisionsa number ofservices that could become available once municipalities are connected.  Some possibilities include the processing of hunting and fishing licenses, motor vehicle registrations, Department of Human Services, Department ofPublic Safety and Maine Bond Bank services, as well as a statewide voterregistration data base, the possibility of internet voting and local andstate permitting.  State and local governments are already cooperatingin many areas.  By creating a network even more municipalities willbe in a position to participate, and the services to citizens will be streamlined. Both local and state governments will also benefit by obtaining a moreefficient exchange of information.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
March 7, 2000
207-626-8400

Polling Site Visits Scheduledfor Election Day by Secretary Gwadosky

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky will be continuing his traditional election day visits to polling places during the March 7, 2000 Presidential Preference Primary.   Secretary Gwadosky will take the opportunity to greet voters and thankelection workers for all their efforts in conducting Maine’s elections.

“I look forward to visitingthe polling places on election day,” stated Secretary Gwadosky.  “Itprovides me with an opportunity to meet with the local electionofficials,greet voters at the polls, and thank the election workers for theirdedication.”

Secretary Gwadosky is scheduledto visit the following municipalities:
 
 
Municipality PollLocation Approximate Time
Farmington Community Center (MiddleStreet)  9:00 a.m.
Skowhegan Municipal Building (WaterStreet)  10:00 a.m.
Newport  Fire Hall 10:45 a.m.
Hampden Reeds Brook Middle SchoolGym 12:00 p.m.
Brewer Brewer Auditorium 1:30 p.m.
 Bangor Ward 4,Precinct 2 (5thStreet School) 2:15 p.m.
Old Town Wards 2& 3 (Knightsof Columbus Hall) 3:00 p.m.
Fairfield Community Center 4:15 p.m.
Augusta City Center 5:15 p.m.

Additional polling sitesmay be added as time permits.



ForImmediate Release
Contact: Jim Henderson
March 2, 2000
207-287-5793

Maine Students Rethinkthe Past in History Day Competition

AUGUSTA--Imagine the pridein Skowhegan when Enza Loera won a national contest, including a $1,000award, portraying the Lady from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith. AndEnza is from Pittsburgh, PA!  She won National History Day’sfinalcompetition, dressed for the part, based on Senator Smith’s “Declarationof Conscience” speech denouncing the heavy handed tactics of fellowSenatorJoseph R. McCarthy.

With visions of participatingin the National Championships, middle and high school students will assembleat the University of Maine at Augusta on Saturday, April 8th.  Theywill be part of the state’s growing involvement in National History Day. This year the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan is a major sponsorof Maine’s program.

Secretary of State Dan A.Gwadosky will present the awards at the April 8th competition.  “Iam especially proud to be part of this effort,” he declared.  “OurDepartment sponsors a variety of programs under the theme of ‘Fostering Youth Involvement’ – FYI.  History Day is an excellent addition toour Student/Parent Mock Election, Eighth Grade Citizenship Award, and Constitution Essay and Poster Contest and provides a great opportunity for young people to develop their own sense of place in our country’s history.”

The annual event is opento all Maine students in grades 6 through 12.  Each year students prepare papers, projects, or presentations that explore a broad historical theme.  This year’s theme: Turning Points in History: People,Ideas,Events.   The program adds a new dimension to teaching andlearninghistory, and rewards student initiative, creativity, and scholarship.

Its most important purpose:to change the way history is taught and learned by challenging students to conduct historical inquiry and by providing a positive learning environment in which students’ work is evaluated outside the classroom.  The programfits perfectly with the history segment of the social studies section ofMaine’s learning results:

Students will learn to analyzethe human experience through time, to recognize the relationships of eventsand people, and to identify patterns, themes, and turning points of changeusing the chronology of history and major eras.  In interpreting currentand historical events, students will evaluate the credibility andperspectivesof multiple sources of information gathered from technology,documents,artifacts, maps, the arts, and literature.

Maine NationalHistory Dayis an important opportunity for schools, teachers, and students.  Each year more than 500,000 students and 50,000 teachers across the country participate in teacher workshops and student competitions.  Statecompetition winners will attend the National Competition in College ParkMaryland this June.  Last year six Maine schools and about 100 studentsparticipated, with Maine students excelling at the National Competition.

“We expect to exceed pastparticipation and to send strong teams to the Nationals this year,” saidJim Henderson, coordinator of Maine National History Day.  Henderson,Director of the Maine State Archives, said he was impressed bythe commitmentof sponsors, teachers, students, and volunteer mentors andjudges. “In these uncertain times of rapid change, people arelooking for a foundationon which to build,” he noted.  “Contemporarynews coverage reports‘new’ events, proposals, and problems asif they had sprung magically fromthe earth, rather than being the outgrowthof long-term trends that wemust understand if we are to cope with them.”

In addition tothe satisfactionof learning and achieving recognition, students will reaptangible rewardsoffered by the World War II Memorial Fund, the PejepscotHistorical Societyin Brunswick, the Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Round Table,the 20th MaineCivil War Shop in Freeport, and the Maine State Archives, amongothers. Other sponsors include the Maine Department of the Secretaryof State,the MaineHistorical Society, the Maine State Library, and the MaineHumanitiesCouncil.

The Maine program has aninformative Internet web site with research tips at www.state.me.us/sos/arc/historyday/histhome.htm.  It features a list of participating schools, contest details, prizes andawards, research sources, and volunteer mentors willing to help teachersand students with their projects.  The deadline for formal registrationis March 17th.

To foster creativity andimagination, students select from a variety of formats to present their entries: papers, tabletop displays, media presentations, and performances.  Required research develops analytic abilities, as well as reading and comprehension skills.  An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged, integratingarts, economics, sciences, and other disciplines.  Problem solvingskills and teamwork are stressed.  Teams of educators and historiansjudge entries on historical quality, presentation, and adherence to theme. The experience of History Day enriches students' academic knowledge andpractical skills.

The competition providesteachers with a means to encourage students to expand their efforts beyondthe classroom experience.  Maine National History Day provides anexcellent assessment tool; integrates the study of history with other disciplines, including writing, the arts, and other social sciences; supplies curricular aids (lesson plans, bibliographic guides); supports professional development through workshops and summer institutes; encourages interaction with academic historians, librarians, archivists, and public historians; involves families and communities in support of education. Winning schools, students andteams will be recognized for their achievements.

NOTES:

National History Day goalsinclude the following:

  • encourage teachers to engagetheir students in active learning;
  • motivate teachers to use primarysources and to teach students how to interpret them;
  • provide a model for meetingeducational standards that require performance-based assessment;
  • interest students in learningabout history by integrating the materials and methods of social studies,art, literature, language, and music into their entries;
  • develop research and readingskills and refine presentation skills in writing, visual projects, andperformances;
  • improve critical thinking andproblem-solving skills that will help students manage and use informationeffectively now and in the future;
The history segment of the socialstudies learning results are composed of the following broad  objectives:

A.  CHRONOLOGY:  Students will use the chronology of history and major eras to demonstrate the relationships of events and people.
B.  HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE,CONCEPTS, AND PATTERNS:  Students will develop historicalknowledgeof major events, people, and enduring themes in the United States,in Maine,and throughout world history.
C.  HISTORICAL INQUIRY,ANALYSIS, AND INTERPRETATION:  Students will learn to evaluate resourcematerial such as documents, artifacts, maps, artworks, and literature, and to make judgments about the perspectives of the authors and their credibility when interpreting current historical events.




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
March 1, 2000
207-626-8400

Final Petition for November2000 Ballot Certified
Secretary Gwadosky Ruleson Snack Tax Petition

AUGUSTA—For the second timethis week Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced that sufficientvalid signatures were submitted on a citizen initiative petition.  Secretary Gwadosky ruled today that a petition group seeking to removethe sales tax on snack food items has filed sufficient valid signatures.  The petition had been filed for certification with the Secretary of State’s Office on January 31, 2000.

“This has been an incredibleyear for citizen initiated legislation,” stated Secretary Gwadosky. “I am very proud of the extraordinary efforts of the Elections Divisionstaff.  They have worked diligently during the last 30 days reviewingover 104,000 signatures on two citizen initiative petitions, while preparingfor next Tuesday’s Presidential Preference Primary.”

The direct initiative processis set forth in the Maine Constitution and allows citizens to propose billsfor consideration by the Legislature through the petition process.  Petitioners seeking to utilize this democratic process must collect signatures of Maine voters that represent 10% of the total number of votes cast inthe last gubernatorial election.  Currently, this figure is 42,101.  If the Legislature does not adopt the initiative as presented, then itwill be automatically placed on the November 2000 ballot.

The following question willbe put before the voters, unless the Legislature adopts the initiated legislationduring its current legislative session:

Do you want torepeal thetax on snack food except candy and confections?

Summary of Signatures DeterminedValid/Invalid
 
 


Initially submitted 58,259
Excluded by local officials   8,686
Excluded by the Secretaryof State     976
Total valid signatures 48,597
Total needed for approval 42,101

A copy of the Determination of Validity for this petition is attached and provides a breakdown on the signatures that were deemed invalid.

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STATE OF MAINE
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE

DETERMINATION OF THE VALIDITY
OF A PETITION FOR INITIATEDLEGISLATION ENTITLED:

“An Act to Repeal the SalesTax on Snack Food Except Candy and Confections”

1. On January 31, 2000, petitionscontaining 58,259 signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State pursuantto the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Section 18 on behalfof the initiated legislation entitled, “An Act to Repeal the Sales Taxon Snack Food Except Candy and Confections.” 

2. Following areview ofthe petitions I find the following signatures to be invalid forthe followingreasons:

  A.  7,978 areinvalid because they were not certified by the registrar as belonging
       to a registered voter in that municipality.

  B.  708 signaturesare invalid because they are duplicate signatures already
       counted.

  C.  645 signaturesare invalid because the circulators collected signatures prior to
       becoming registered to vote in the State of Maine.

  D.  152 signaturesare invalid because the circulator’s verification was incomplete.

  E.   64signatures are invalid because the petitioner dated his or her signature after 
        the date of the circulator’s oath before the notary.

  F.   40signatures are invalid because the registered voter’s signature was madeby 
        another.

  G.  24 signaturesare invalid because the petition has been altered by someone 
        other than the Registrar.

  H.  20 signaturesare invalid because a circulator was not registered to votein the 
       State of Maine.

   I.  18signatures have been determined invalid due to a counting error by the 
       registrar.

   J.  7 signaturesare invalid because the certification of the registrar was not 
       complete.

  K.  6 signaturesare invalid because the petitioner failed to provide a signature. 

3.  For the reasonsset forth above, I find that 9,662 signatures are invalid.  Petitioners have therefore submitted 48,597 valid signatures.  The number of signatures required to determine the petition to be valid is 42,101.  Becausethe number of valid signatures exceeds the required number by 6,496 signatures, I find the petition to be valid.

Dated:  March 1, 2000                                          _________________________
                                                                          Dan A. Gwadosky
                                                                          Secretary of State

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This is the fourth and finalpetition to be validated for the November 2000 ballot.  Secretary Gwadosky validated two additional petitions at the end of last year.  Both of these initiatives are currently before the Maine Legislature awaiting action.

Citizen Initiative PetitionsCertified in November 1999

Video lottery machines atracetracks

Do you wantto allow videolottery machines at certain horse racing tracks if 40% of theprofits areused for property tax relief?

Legalize physician assistedsuicide

Should a terminally illadult who is of sound mind be allowed to ask for and receive a doctor’s help to die?

Citizen Initiative PetitionCertified on February 28, 2000

Forest Protection Act

Do you favor requiringlandowners to obtain a permit for all clear-cuts and defining cutting levelsfor lands subject to the Tree Growth tax law?




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
February 28, 2000
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky toAddress National Governors’ Association on Proposed PresidentialPrimarySystem

Washington, D.C.—Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky has been invited to address the National Governors’ Association (NGA) regarding a Rotating Regional Presidential Primary system developed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).  Secretary Gwadosky and Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, will address the NGA on Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 9:15 a.m. during its Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. at the J W Marriott Hotel.

“The current trend findsstates moving their presidential primaries earlier in the year in orderto have a voice in the selection process,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “This ‘front-loading’ deprives citizens of the opportunity to play anyreal role in the nomination process; deprives regions of their abilityto effectively communicate their unique concerns to future presidents andthe nation; and limits political parties in their ability to distinguish their candidates’ ideology.  It also requires a great deal offinancialresources to sustain concurrent campaigns in multiple venues, destroyingthe American dream that anyone can grow up to become president,” concludedSecretary Gwadosky.

In the last 20years thenumber of primaries held in the month of March has more than tripled.  Additionally, the current primary calendar finds two-thirds of all delegates to both parties’ national conventions selected in March.  Theearlierprimaries have also increased the cost of campaigning for all candidates. Recent reports in the New York Times indicate that Super Tuesday, March7,2000, will include 13 of the 25 largest media markets in America. Thisrequirescandidates to expend large amounts of campaign funds in ashort periodof timeto ensure their message is before the voters. 

The NASS proposal createsfour geographic regions, Eastern, Southern, Midwestern and Western andit also contains a provision to allow the New Hampshire Primary and the Iowa Caucus to be held prior to the first round of regional primaries.   The regions follow a structured calendar of primary election dates thatwould rotate every four years to allow voters in each region an equal opportunity to be among the first states to have their voices heard in the presidential nominating process.  (A copy of the proposal is available on the Internet at www.nass.org.)

“The recent presidentialprimary process is forcing candidates to begin campaigning earlier thanever to keep ahead of the primary dates,” stated Secretary Gwadosky. “This is creating a vicious cycle of earlier primaries and earliercampaigning. The NASS proposal is an attempt to take some of the frenzyout of the nominatingprocess and in the end reengage a currently disinterestedpublic in theprocess.”

The presidential primaryproposal endorsed by NASS has gained the support of the Council of StateGovernments (CSG) and has captured the attention of the Democratic and Republican Parties.




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
February 28, 2000
207-626-8400

Secretary Gwadosky AnnouncesSufficient Valid Signatures
Filed in Forestry Petition

AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky ruled today that sufficient valid signatures have beenfiled by the Forest Ecology Network, a petition group seeking to setlimitson timber harvesting on land subject to the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law.  The petition had been filed for certification with the Secretary of State’s Office on January 31, 2000.

“We havecompleted a verythorough review of the petition and have determined thatsufficientvalidsignatures have been filed by the petitioners,” statedSecretaryGwadosky. “Given that this is one of four citizen initiativepetitionsfiled forthe November 7, 2000 election, it is possible that wewill have arecordnumber of citizen initiative questions on the ballot.”

The direct initiative processis set forth in the Maine Constitution and allows citizens to propose billsfor consideration by the Legislature through the petition process.  Petitioners seeking to utilize this democratic process must collect signatures of Maine voters that represent 10% of the total number of votes cast inthe last gubernatorial election.  Currently, this figure is 42,101.  If the Legislature does not adopt the initiative as presented, then itwill be automatically placed on the November 2000 ballot.

The following question willbe put before the voters, unless the Legislature adopts the initiated legislationduring its current legislative session:

Do you favor requiring landownersto obtain a permit for all clear-cuts and defining cutting levels for landssubject to the Tree Growth Tax Law?

Summary of Signatures DeterminedValid/Invalid:
 
 


Initially submitted 46,248
Excluded by local officials   2,038
Excluded by the Secretaryof State     465
Total valid signatures 43,745
Total needed for approval 42,101

A copy of the Determination of Validity for this petition is attached and provides a breakdown on the signatures that were deemed invalid.

This is the third petitionto be validated for the November 2000 ballot.  Secretary Gwadosky validated two additional petitions at the end of last year.  Bothofthese initiatives are currently before the Maine Legislature awaitingaction.

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STATE OF MAINE
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE

DETERMINATION OF THE VALIDITY
OF A PETITION FOR INITIATEDLEGISLATION ENTITLED:

“An Act Regarding ForestPractices”

1.  On January 31, 2000,petitions containing 46,248 signatures were submitted to the Secretary of State pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third,Section 18 on behalf of the initiated legislation entitled, “An Act Regarding Forest Practices.” 

2.  Following a reviewof the petitions I find the following signatures to be invalid for thefollowing reasons:

     A.  1,803 are invalid because they were not certified by the registrar as belonging
           to a registered voter in that municipality.

     B.  343 signatures are invalid because the circulator’s verification was incomplete.

     C.  235 signatures are invalid because they are duplicate signatures already
          counted.

     D.  76 signatures are invalid because the petition was not on theapproved form.

    E. 21 signatures have been determined invalid due to a counting error by the 
          registrar.

     F.  18 signatures are invalid because the registered voter’s signature was made 
          by another.

     G.  4 names are invalid because the petitioner failed to sign hisorher signature. 

     H.  3 signatures are invalid because the petitioner dated his or her signature after 
          the date of the circulator’s oath before the notary.

3.  For the reasonsset forth above, I find that 2,503 signatures are invalid.  Petitioners have therefore submitted 43,745 valid signatures.  The number of signatures required to determine the petition to be valid is 42,101.  Becausethe number of valid signatures exceeds the required number by 1,644 signatures, I find the petition to be valid.

Dated:  February 28,2000

_______________________________
Dan A. Gwadosky
Secretary of State
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Citizen Initiative PetitionsCertified in November 1999:

Video lottery machines atracetracks

Do you wantto allow videolottery machines at certain horse racing tracks if 40% of theprofits areused for property tax relief?

Legalize physician assistedsuicide

Should a terminally illadult who is of sound mind be allowed to ask for and receive a doctor’s help to die?




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
February 11, 2000
Tel:  207-626-8400
 
 

Secretary Gwadosky AdvisesVoters of Party Enrollment Requirements
For Presidential PreferencePrimary

AUGUSTA – Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky is advising Maine residents that Friday, February 18, 2000is the last day for enrolled voters to apply to change political partiesand still be eligible to participate in the state’s second presidential preference primary on March 7, 2000.

The February 18 deadlineaffects only those registered voters who are currently enrolled in a qualifiedpolitical party, but who want to vote in a different party’s primary onMarch 7, 2000.  Voters who want to switch parties must file an applicationwith their municipal election official by February 18, 2000.

Any Maine citizen who isnot currently registered to vote or who is a registered voter but is notenrolled in a political party may register and enroll in a political party up to and including election day if this is done in person.

“The Presidential Primary,like the party caucuses it replaces, is an opportunity for political partiesto select their candidates in an open and participatory fashion,” saidSecretary Gwadosky.

This will be the second timea Presidential Preference Primary will be held in Maine.  Accordingto Secretary Gwadosky, in 1996, the Presidential Preference Primary significantlyexpanded the participation of Maine’s citizens in thepresidential selectionprocess, which had previously occurred at party caucusesheld atmunicipalitiesthroughout the state.  It is estimated that 10,000peopleattend themunicipal caucuses for each party.  The adoption ofa PresidentialPreferencePrimary hasincreased participation in the process,and in 1996,over 94,000voters casta ballot and had a voice in selectingthe presidentialcandidatefor their politicalparty.

In order to participate inthe presidential preference primary, voters must be enrolled in eitherthe Democratic or Republican Parties.  While the Green Independentand Reform Parties are currently qualified parties in the State of Maine,neither ofthese parties certified to the Secretary of State that theyhad presidentialcandidates in a contested race for their party’s nomination. Unlikeprimaries in other states, unenrolled voters are not allowed toparticipatein a primary election for candidates, and voters enrolled ina specific partycan only participate in their party’s primary election.

When voters enroll in a particularparty, they must remain in that party for 3 months beforethey can filean application to change or withdraw their enrollment. Therefore,voters who enroll or change enrollment to participate in the March7 primarywillnot have time to change enrollment again, if they wish to voteindifferentparty’s primary on June 13.
 

General Voter RegistrationInformation:
Maine residents may registerto vote in person at their municipal clerk’s office or by mail.  However,any application sent by mail or delivered by another person besides thevoter must be received by the local municipal election official by February 22, 2000 in order for that voter’s name to appear on the voting list forthe March 7 election. 
 

Some Statistical Informationon the 1996 Presidential Preference Primary:
Primary election attracted nearly 5 times the voters as caucus-only system.
Percentage of enrolled Republicansvoting: 25% (Number of Candidates on Ballot – 8)
Percentage of enrolled Democratsvoting: 9% (Number of Candidates on Ballot - 2) 
Combined percentage of enrolledDemocrats and Republicans voting: 16% 
Percentage of estimated voting age population that voted: 10%

 Total votes cast forall Democratic Candidates 27,027
 Total votescast forall Republican Candidates 67,280

Total votes onMarch 5, 1996  94,307




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
February 9, 2000
207-626-8400

Gwadosky Supports BillTo Make Passengers Safer
Proposed Law would limitpassengers in vehicles of new drivers

Augusta--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that the Legislature’s joint standing Committeeon Transportation will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill that strives tomake passengers safer when riding with teenaged drivers.

The bill, LD 2450, is sponsoredby Rep. Christine Savage of Union and would restrict passengers from ridingwith newly licensed drivers for a period of 90 days.

“The premise of the billis simple,” said Secretary Gwadosky. “Let’sgive our sons and daughterstime to get some experience and a measure of comfort behind the wheel beforeallowing them to take on the distraction of having friends in the car.”

The legislation would coverany newly licensed driver between the ages of 16 and 20. An exception isprovided for immediate family members.

A public hearing on thisbill will be held Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 9:30 a.m. in thePiscataquisRoom at the Augusta Civic Center.

In analyzing 1998 crash data,the Office of the Secretary of State found that passengers 15to 20 yearsold are 9 times more likely to be severely injured when ridingwith a driverbetween the ages of 16 and 24 than when riding with any otheragegroup.

“This bill follows a nationaltrend of providing new drivers with a period to becomeaccustomed to theresponsibility of driving before taking on the additionalresponsibilityof having passengers in the car,” Secretary Gwadoskysaid.

Other startling statistics:

  • Of passengers who ride withdrivers between the ages of 16 and 24, 85% of those killed were under theage of 21.
  • Drivers 16-24 years old represent12% of all licensed drivers, but carry 27% of all passengers who are involvedin an accident.
“We all want our sons and daughtersto get safely through their first years of drivingwithout a serious accidentor fatality,” Secretary Gwadosky said. “LD2450 would help to ensure thatgoal is reached.”



For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
January 28, 2000
207-626-8400
MondayFinal Dayto File Citizen Initiative Petitions
for November 7, 2000Ballot

Augusta--Monday, January31, 2000 is the final day for filing citizen initiative petitionswiththe Office of the Secretary of State for inclusion on the November 7,2000ballot.  The state Constitution proscribes that petitions be “filedin the office of the Secretary of State by the hour of 5:00 p.m., . . .onor before the25th day after the date of convening of the Legislature insecondregular session.”  (Article IV, Part Third, section 18) TheLegislature convened on January 5, 2000.

“Severalgroups have beencirculating petitions who appear to be well organized andit is possiblethat one or two of them may file petitions with our Office,”stated SecretaryGwadosky.  Twenty-eight citizen initiative petitionshave been approvedfor circulation by the Secretary of State’s Office. A complete listof all citizen initiatives is attached.

The direct initiative processis set forth in the Maine Constitution and allows citizens to propose billsfor consideration by the Legislature through the petition process.  Petitioners seeking to utilize this democratic process must collect signatures of Maine voters that represent 10% of the total number of votes cast inthe last gubernatorial election.  Currently, this figure is 42,101.

Secretary Gwadosky has alreadycertified 2 citizen initiatives in November 1999 and they have been submittedto the Maine Legislature for consideration.  One citizen initiativeproposes the use of video lottery terminals at racetracks and the otherseeks to legalize physician-assisted suicide.  If the Legislature does not enact the proposed citizen initiative legislation, then the issues will be referred to the voters on the November 7, 2000 ballot.

  Completelist of all citizen initiatives.




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
January 21, 2000
207-626-8400

Rapid Renewal to Allowfor Vehicle Registration On-line
Secretary Gwadosky SelectsMunicipalities to Participate in Pilot Project

Augusta—Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that his department is taking the firststeps to provide an on-line vehicle registration renewal service toMainecitizens.  Secretary Gwadosky introduced Rapid Renewal, a new on-lineservice that will allow for vehicle registration via the Internet. Theprogram will beintroduced as a pilot program in 10 municipalitiesthroughoutthe State ofMaine.  Secretary Gwadosky announced thatthe municipalitiesof Bangor,Brunswick, China, Columbia Falls, Corinna,Hermon, Lewiston, Portland,Saco,and Waterville have agreed to participatein the pilot program.

“Ultimately it is our goalto bring Rapid Renewal statewide to any municipality interested in providingthis service to its citizens.  These pilot municipalities will playan important role in making that happen,” said Secretary Gwadosky.

“This department is committedto advancing the concept of e-government as an option to more traditionalmethods of providing government services,” Secretary Gwadosky continued.“We are very excited about this program and the doors itwill open foradditional department services via the Internet.”

The program will be initiallyestablished in a limited number of municipalities and is expected to beon-line as of June 2000.  The pilot project will lay the groundwork for statewide participation, which is anticipated within a year.   All municipalities received information on the pilot project and had anopportunity to apply for consideration.  Municipalities were selectedbased uponinterest in the program, and diversity in the location and sizeof towns wasalso considered.

Rapid Renewal will allowfor the electronic filing of an individual’s motor vehicle registration renewal information and fee to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, payment ofexcise tax to the municipality and verification of insurance coverage,all over the Internet.  Current and future participation by the municipalitieswill be voluntary. 

Secretary Gwadosky statedthat this is one of 13 different on-line services his department will makeavailable to the public by August 2000.  Currently, driver license, registration, and title information is available over the Internet.  For additional information visit our web site at http:// www.state.me.us/sos. 




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
January 14, 2000
207-626-8400

Personal Information onDriving Records to Become Private

AUGUSTA--Secretary of StateDan A. Gwadosky announced today that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles wouldbe taking new steps to keep the personal information collected on motor vehicle records private. Personal information is information that identifies an individual, such as a name, address, photograph, license or social security number.

Gwadosky explained that Wednesday’sU.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Actcleared the way for state action. “We had been contemplating moving inthis direction over the past several months but had deferred any actionin anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling,” statedSecretary Gwadosky.

Currently, motor vehicleoperators and owners may request to limit the release of personalinformationfrom their motor vehicle records to sales and marketing companiesor tothe general public by completing a form at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This process is referred to as an “opt-out.”   By June1, 2000,the Secretary of State will have to adopt rules to protect this personalinformation on all motor vehicle records.  Once these rules are adopted,the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will not provide an individual’s personalinformation to sales and marketing companies or to the general public unlessthe individual specifically allows for that release, or “opts-in.”

“Ensuring the privacy ofpersonal information has become an increasingly important issue for Mainecitizens and an important issue for this department,” said Secretary Gwadosky. “A democratic government, by its nature, requires an open process and accessto government records.  However, the public’s right to know must bebalanced against an individual’s desire to keep certain personal informationprivate.  Our modification of the Driver Privacy Protection Act seeksto strike this balance.” 

While the recent court actiondeals with personal information, information relating to motor vehicleaccidents, driving violations, or a driver's status is deemed public informationunder the both federal and state law. “Even with this change to an opt-insystem, it is important to understand that the federal law does allow anumber of exceptions and circumstances when personal information must beprovided,” said Secretary Gwadosky.

Personal information frommotor vehicle records must be released if used in connection with vehicle safety, vehicle theft, product recalls and court proceedings. Those agencies with access to personal information for these purposes include law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, motor vehicle dealers, along with businesses and employers who verify personal information for employment, among others.




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
January 7, 2000
207-626-8400
New Online ServicesAnnounced by Secretary Gwadosky
Augusta—Secretary of State DanA. Gwadosky unveiled new online services currently availableon his department’supdated web site (www.state.me.us/sos/).  Theweb site has a new lookand is easier to navigate thanks to the addition oftwo innovative searchengines. The search engines are the first of their typeon any state agencyweb page and access information on the site in two different ways. In addition to the standard ‘key word search,’ there is also a search functionentitled ‘How do I?’ which connectsvisitors to the most commonly requestedinformation.

“Across the country, governmentsat all levels are awakening to the necessity of using technology to providecitizens and businesses with convenient access to government informationand services,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “With recent survey informationindicating that over 40% of Maine households are currently hooked up tothe Internet, the time has arrived when Maine citizens expect more technologicallybased information and services from their government,” Secretary Gwadoskycontinued.  “Today, this department stands at the forefront in advancingthe concept of e-government as an option to more traditional methods ofproviding government services.”

Secretary Gwadosky introducedSOSonline, a one-stop site for all of the department’s new Internet servicesavailable through the Information Resource of Maine (InforME), a publicinstrumentality created to provide electronic access to public information.  SOSonline is a part of the department’s web site, but it also has its ownweb address allowing easy access to these services--www.sosonline.org.   A live Internet demonstration showcased the department’s current online services and introduced the newest service—a vanity plate availability check.  This service allows individuals to check the availabilityofvanity plate number and letter combinations from their home computer. A color graphic design shows what the license plate will look like withavailableselections.

Secretary Gwadosky statedthat the department will continue to add more online services in the nextseveral months and plans to have thirteen different online services available to the public by August 2000.

“We are committed to usingtechnology to increase the access Maine citizen’s have to their government,”said Secretary Gwadosky.

Additionally, the Secretaryof State’s Kid’s Page has been enhanced with new information and activitiesso children of all ages can learn more about the State of Maine. Two new animated characters spring into action greeting visitors and twonew games test children’s skills.  The site continues to provide agreat resource of links to homework helpers and other states’ kid’s pages.

Planned Online Services

Batch Driver Records. Delivery of multiple driver records to high volume requestors of specifiedruns via electronic means, usually tape or FTP.  Currently available.

Interactive Driver Records. Delivery of individual driver records requestedby users or subscribersof the Network via electronic means.  Serviceswill be offered overthe Internet and through a modem dial-up connection.  A fax back servicewill also be offered at an additional cost.  Currently available online.

Special Request Title,Registration & Driver ID Records.  Delivery of multiple title,registration or driver identification (not history) records withindefinedparameters via electronic means.   A label service may alsobeoffered at an additional cost.  Currently available.

Special Request Title& Registration Database.  Delivery of entire title or registration database via electronic means.   A label service may also beoffered at an additional cost.  Currently available.

Rapid Renewal – OnlinePilot for Vehicle Registration Renewal, Municipal Excise Tax Payment &Insurance Information Submission.  Electronic filing of motor vehicleregistration renewal information and fee, excise tax payment and insuranceinformation via the Internet.  This project will be initially limitedto a pilot of about five (5) municipalities approved by the SOS.  Municipalities will participate on a voluntary basis.   Thisproject may be expanded to include additional municipalities by the writtenagreement of the SOS and the Network.  Anticipated implementationdate:  June 2000.

Interactive Title &Registration Records.  Delivery of individual title or registrationrecords requested by users or subscribers of the Network viaelectronicmeans over the Internet.  Currently available online.

Personalized Plate Availability. Search of the vanity plate database for theavailability of a particularvanity plate via the Internet.  Currentlyavailable online.

Driver Cross Check. Automated review of driver records to identify a change in the driver recordhistory and produce an electronic or written report identifying those recordsthat have changed.   Request may include entire database or indicateparticular records.  Anticipated implementation date:  February2000.

Interactive CorporateRecords.  Delivery of individual corporate records requested byusers or subscribers of the network via electronic means over the Internet.  Anticipated implementation date:  May 2000.

Interactive UCC Searches. Delivery of individual UCC records requested by users or subscribers ofthe Network via electronic means over the Internet.  Anticipated implementationdate:  April 2000.

Batch Corporate &UCC Records.  Delivery of multiple corporate or UCC records tohigh volume requestors of specified runs via electronic means, usuallytape of FTP.  Anticipated implementation date:  February 2000.

Special Request Corporate& UCC Records.  Delivery of multiple corporate or UCC recordswithin defined parameters via electronic means.  A label service mayalso be offered at an additional cost.  Anticipated implementation date:  February 2000.

Interactive CorporateCertificates of Good Standing.  Delivery of corporate certificates of standing and existence requested by users or subscribers of the network via electronic means over the Internet.  Anticipated implementationdate:  August 2000.




For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A.Gwadosky
January 6, 2000
207-626-8400

Press Conference
New Online Services andWeb Design to be Unveiled

Friday, January 7, 2000 at10:00 a.m.
Office of the Secretary of State
Nash School Building
Corner of Sewall and CapitalStreets, Augusta

Internet useby Maine householdsis on the rise, with recent surveys indicating that over40% of Maine householdsare hooked up to the Internet.  On Friday, January 7, 2000 at 10:00a.m., Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will unveil hisdepartment’s updatedweb site.  This web site will have a new lookand will be easier tonavigate with the addition of two innovative searchfunctions for accessinginformation on the site.   The search engineswill be the firstof their type on any state agency web pages. 

Secretary Gwadosky will alsobe introducing SOSonline, a one-stop site that allows access toall ofthe department’s Internet services.   There will bea live demonstrationof the current department services available over theInternet and theintroduction of the department’s newest service—avanity plate availabilitycheck.  This service will allow individualsto check the availabilityof vanity plate numbers from their home computer. Acolor graphicdesign will allow a person to see what the license plate willlooklikewith available numbers or letters.

Additionally, the Secretaryof State’s Kid’s Page has been enhanced with new information and activitiesso children of all ages can learn more about the State of Maine. Two newanimated characters will spring into action greeting visitors and two newgames will test children’s skills.

The servicesto be demonstratedare the start of thirteen Internet services the department plans to haveavailable to the public by August 2000 and demonstrates Secretary Gwadosky’scommitment to using technology to increase the access Maine citizens haveto their government.




For Immediate Release 
Contact: Dan A.Gwadosky
January 4, 2000
207-626-8400

CandidatePetition FormsAvailable for 2000 Election Cycle

Augusta--Candidate petitionforms are currently available at the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions for those individuals interested in seeking elected office in the State of Maine, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today.

Any candidate seeking theoffice of U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Maine Senate andMaine House of Representatives within the Democratic, Green Independent, Reform, and Republican parties must submit petitions to the Secretary ofState in order to appear on the appropriate primary ballot.  Petitionforms must also be completed by those seeking certain county offices--CountyCommissioner, Treasurer, Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, and Sheriff.

Depending onthe office sought,candidates must obtain a certain number of signatures fromregistered Mainevoters, who are of the same political party.  All partycandidatesmust file their petitions with the Secretary of State by March15, 2000. 

Non-party candidates--individuals who are not enrolled in a qualified party--may also circulate petitionsto appear on the November 7, 2000, general election ballot.  Non-partycandidates must collect a designated number of signatures based upon theoffice sought and unlike party candidate petitions, any registered votermay sign the petition.  Non-party petitions must be filed with theSecretary of State by June 1, 2000, except for non-party presidential candidateswho must file by August 15, 2000.

Party candidates were requiredto file their petitions by December 1, 1999 for the Presidential PreferencePrimary to be held on March 7, 2000.
 

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