Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski

Secretary Dunlap releases animated version of Maine Voter Guide

AUGUSTA ? As the General Election nears, the Department of the Secretary of State is getting animated about encouraging voter participation. Today, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is unveiling two animated videos that explain the process of voting in Maine.

?Maine Voter Guide Part 1: Registering to Vote? and ?Maine Voter Guide Part 2: Casting Your Ballot? are based on the State of Maine Voter Guide, which is also available as text on the Secretary of State?s Elections Division website.

?The process of registering to vote and actually casting your ballot can be daunting, particularly for new voters,? said Secretary Dunlap. ?Our hope is that these animated videos will make it more interesting and fun to learn about the process, which will ultimately encourage citizens to get registered and make their voices heard at the ballot box.?

Each video is approximately three minutes long and they are now available on the Voter Information section of the department website, as well as the department?s YouTube page. Part 1 explains the process and requirements for voter registration, while Part 2 covers in-person voting and absentee ballots, accessible voting technology and more.

Secretary Dunlap narrates the animations, which include subtitles. The animations were created in-house, using the GoAnimate web-based animation software.