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December 20, 2000
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

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

AUGUSTA--Maine has a long legacy of outstanding voter turnout, having led the nation in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections.  The 2000 presidential election finds Maine again at the front of the pack, in second place with 67.34%, just being edged out of the first place spot by Minnesota with 68.75%, according to figures released by the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate (CSAE).  These figures are based upon the percentage of voting age population casting a ballot in the 2000 election.  CSAE is a non-partisan, non-profit research institution located in Washington, D.C. with a primary focus on issues surrounding citizen engagement in politics.  The national average was 53.76% based upon CSAE figures.

“The people of Maine have a long-standing tradition of participating in the democratic process.   Whether it be taking part in town meetings or going to the polls on election day, they understand that government begins with them,” stated Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky upon learning of Maine’s national standing. 

“I am proud of our state’s outstanding participation in this year’s presidential election.  This could not have been accomplished without the dedication of the municipal officials with whom my department works closely in conducting statewide elections,” said Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky.

Secretary Gwadosky attributed this year’s high voter turnout to a combination of factors--a close presidential race and compelling referendum questions that energized people; Maine’s strong tradition of ballot access with same day registration and absentee ballot availability; and promote the vote efforts by his office and many other organizations and businesses across the state that encouraged voter registration and participation.