Your Vote Counts: Governor Encourages Mainers to go to the Polls Tuesday

November 4, 2013

For Immediate Release: Monday, Nov. 4
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Voting polls across Maine will open tomorrow morning, inviting Mainers to cast their ballot on several issues, including bonds. Today, Governor Paul R. LePage released a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JAJVwLLGCI) encouraging Mainers to be active and engaged citizens by voting and informing themselves about the issues.

In the 3three-minute video, Governor LePage talks about the benefits of the $100 million transportation bond for of highways and bridges and for facilities, such as ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation and transit.

“It will create jobs and make Maine more attractive to employers. Construction unemployment currently in Maine is at 26 percent. A $100 million bond would support an estimate 2,800 good-paying jobs in construction and related industries,” Governor LePage said.

Also highlighted is $14 million in funding, which would help repair, maintain and modernize Maine Army National Guard readiness centers across the State of Maine.

“Many of the buildings were constructed in the 1950s, and are not configured to accommodate today's Guard force, which includes female soldiers as well as soldiers and community users requiring ADA accommodations. Additionally, State funding shortfalls (since the 1990s) have resulted in accelerated aging due to lack of preventative maintenance,” the Governor said.

To learn more about where you can vote, contact your town office or city hall, or use the online Voter Information Lookup service (http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/lookupvoterinfo). Voting places open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., depending on the population of the town. Local officials can give you the exact opening time for your community. All voting places close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.