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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson
207-626-8404

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Urges Mainers:
"Exercise Your Rights - Cast a Vote Next Tuesday"

June Ballot to decide 2 Bond Questions totaling $131 Million

Augusta - With summer vacations, outdoor projects, and family gatherings dominating many schedules this time of year, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is reminding Maine residents to get involved in the statewide special referendum election next Tuesday, June 12. “The most important thing Mainers can do is make their opinions heard on issues affecting all of us,” said Dunlap. “The June 12 election has not drawn much attention, but the two statewide questions on next week’s ballot decide the fate of 131 million dollars in proposed bonds. If approved by the Maine voters, these two bonds have the power to unlock over 310 million dollars in additional federal and other matching funds. These are decisions all Mainers need to be a part of.”

The best way to learn where and when to cast your ballot is by calling your local municipal office. “City and town clerks across the state will gladly assist you in your voting efforts,” says Dunlap, “or you can visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.maine.gov/sos and click on elections and voting. The site is a treasure trove of information, including everything from voter registration instructions to a complete list of municipal voting officials, from Abbot to York.”

The two bond questions read as follows:

Question 1. “Do you favor a $112,975,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit facilities, ferry and port facilities including port and harbor structures and bicycle and pedestrian trails that makes the State eligible for over $260,525,000 in federal and other matching funds?"

Question 2. "Do you favor an $18,300,000 bond issue to support drinking water programs and to support the construction of wastewater treatment facilities that will leverage $49,500,000 in other funds?"

Additional information about the bond questions is available in the Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Special Referendum Election, which is available online at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2007/citizens-guide-june-07.htm

Also being decided June 12 is the House Seat for District 83 (Belgrade, Fayette, Manchester, Mount Vernon, and Vienna). A special election was requested to replace Rep. Abby Holman, who passed away in April of this year.