Don’t Want To Wait for Election Day? You Can Vote Early!

Early_VotingThis is it, folks, one week before Election Day, when Maine voters will elect a governor, a U.S. Senator, 2 members of Congress, 35 State Senators and 151 State legislators, not to mention votes on local officials, bond issues and the ballot question on bear baiting. Are you ready? Ready to see your favorite candidate’s victory celebration? Ready to see the end of campaign ads and automated phone calls? We are, too. This is a big one, people. We have to make sure our voices are heard and we contribute to electing a government that will respect us.

Maine Family Planning wants to make sure you know everything you need to know to cast your vote. No excuses. Get out there. That’s why every day between now and election day, we’ll be posting information about voting in Maine. How to find your polling place; what to do if you’re temporarily living away from home (like on campus); how to find out what’s going to be on your ballot, and how to figure out which candidates YOU want to vote for.

And today, HOW TO VOTE EARLY:

Not going to be around next Tuesday? Don’t want to wait in line? Just want to cross voting off your list? You can vote NOW, TODAY, by requesting an absentee ballot. The quickest way to do it is to go to your town office and request a ballot from your town clerk. Most towns have set up a voting booth in their town office – you can complete your ballot and give it right back to the clerk. Or you can take your ballot home, as long as you get it back to the clerk before the polls close on Election Day.  BUT, the clock is ticking. You only have until THIS THURSDAY (October 30th) to pick up your absentee ballot. If you miss that deadline, you’re going to have to wait until Election Day to vote.

Click here to request an absentee ballot online.  

Click here to find your town office.

So there you go! Get out there and get an absentee ballot, or make sure you turn out for a great Election Day!  Pass the message along to your family and tell your friends. Come back here to Maine Family Planning tomorrow for our big “How to Find Out about the Candidates” post.

But most of all, VOTE!

~Kate Brogan

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