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Absentee Ballots for Maine General/Referendum Election Now Available to Request via Online Service

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The Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is now available for the Nov.
6, 2018 General and Referendum Election, Secretary of State Matthew
Dunlap notified voters today.

Any registered Maine voter may choose to vote absentee, either via mail
or in person at their town hall prior to Election Day. Voters do not
need to provide a reason to vote absentee.

Voters can request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting their
request form online at www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl.
The form can also be printed out and mailed or hand-delivered to their
municipal clerk.

On the General Election ballot, Maine voters will elect one of Maine's
two United States Senators, Maine's Governor, two Representatives to
Congress, members of the Maine Legislature, and certain county
officers. The Referendum Election ballot will include one citizens'
initiative question and four bond questions:

  • Question 1: "Do you want to create the Universal Home Care
    Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities
    and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on
    individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income
    above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400
    in 2018?"
  • Question 2: "Do you favor a $30,000,000 bond issue to
    improve water quality, support the planning and construction of
    wastewater treatment facilities and assist homeowners whose homes are
    served by substandard or malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems?"
  • Question 3: "Do you favor a $106,000,000 bond issue,
    including $101,000,000 for construction, reconstruction and
    rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities and
    equipment related to ports, piers, harbors, marine transportation,
    freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and
    pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in
    federal and other funds, and $5,000,000 for the upgrade of municipal
    culverts at stream crossings?"
  • Question 4: "Do you favor a $49,000,000 bond issue to be
    matched by at least $49,000,000 in private and public funds to
    modernize and improve the facilities and infrastructure of Maine's
    public universities in order to expand workforce development capacity
    and to attract and retain students to strengthen Maine's economy and
    future workforce?"
  • Question 5: "Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to
    improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all 7 of
    Maine's community colleges in order to provide Maine people with
    access to high-skill, low-cost technical and career education?"

The full text of the proposed legislation of each question is available
for review on the Elections
Division website
.

Voters must submit absentee ballot requests or vote in-person absentee
at least three days prior to the Nov. 6 Election. Ballots will be made
available to civilian voters beginning 30 days before the election.
(Ballots for uniformed service and overseas voters will be available at
least 45 days before the election.)

The online service provides an email notification with a confirmation
number. When the request is processed and accepted by the municipal
clerk, the voter will be sent an additional notification and the ballot
will arrive by mail. All Maine municipalities are required to accept
electronic requests for absentee ballots.

If you have questions about the absentee voting process, visit http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/index.html
or call the Division of Elections at 624-7650.

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