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Maine implements absentee ballot service

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August 28, 2009

AUGUSTA, Maine: On August 3, 2009, the Maine Secretary of State’s Office introduced the new 2009 Online Absentee Ballot Request Service. So far, 189 cities and towns have accepted electronic absentee ballot requests under the terms of the service. Voters can now fill out their requests for absentee ballots electronically through the internet.

Another option presented to voters under this system allows them to print out blank requests forms, fill them out and send them in. According to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap: “In 2008, the first year Maine law allowed municipalities the option to accept electronic absentee ballot requests, 52 towns and cities chose that option. The service was enthusiastically embraced by voters and election officials alike in those participating municipalities, and now this year, we’ve seen the number of participating towns more than triple.”[1]

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