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Governor Ceremonially Signs Bill Making It Easier for Those Serving in the Military to Vote

May 19, 2010

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci held a State House ceremony today to celebrate passage of LD 1579, “An Act To Facilitate Voting by Uniformed Service and Overseas Voters.”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Michael Willette (D-Presque Isle), makes it easier for members of the military and Mainers who are overseas on Election Day to submit absentee ballots through electronic means, such as e-mail or fax.

“We have to make every effort possible to allow our men and women serving in the military to vote,” Governor Baldacci said. “This legislation recognizes that soldiers serving overseas deserve every opportunity to participate in the democracy they are protecting.” The Legislation was signed by the Governor on March 29, 2010. The changes in the law do not apply to the June primary election.

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