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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Matt Dunlap (207) 626-8400
November 1, 2010 

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Urges Mainers:  "Make your voice heard: Vote"

AUGUSTA, Maine— Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is urging Mainers to make their voices heard by casting a ballot in tomorrow’s Election.  “There is a lot at stake, and my message to each Maine citizen is simple:  Vote.  Voting is what makes our country great and it’s what gives you a voice,” said Secretary Dunlap.

Tomorrow, voters will not only choose Maine’s next Governor and Representatives to Congress, they will also elect 151 State Representatives, 35 State Senators, and variety of County officers.  In addition, they determine the fate of one citizen initiative and two bond questions.

“We do everything we can in our State to maximize citizen participation in the electoral process, and there really is no reason for a person not to vote,” Dunlap explained.  “In fact, the election is already well underway, with more than 120,000 Mainers having already cast an absentee ballot.” Dunlap added, “Even if you haven’t registered yet, you can still take part, thanks to Election Day voter registration.”

Secretary Dunlap also reminds voters that every Maine polling location is equipped with an Accessible Voting System (AVS), designed to facilitate private and independent voting by those with a variety of disabilities.  For more information and an opportunity to practice using the AVS, voters may visit www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/hava/practice.html.

To make sure voters can easily find out where to vote and what candidates will appear on their ballot, the Secretary of State has made available:

Secretary Dunlap will be visiting various polling locations throughout the State on Election Day, thanking both the municipal officials conducting the Election and the Maine residents who are making the time to participate in the process.