Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski
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Secretary Dunlap to visit polling places during March 3 Special Referendum & Presidential Primary


AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Maine’s top election official, will be visiting polling places throughout the day on Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, to observe the voting process and meet with local election officials.

Sec. Dunlap will be available to speak to the press and public during brief stops at each voting site, and throughout the day. His schedule will be as follows (times are approximate):

  • 7:30 a.m.: Old Town, Elks Lodge, 37 Fourth St.
  • 11 a.m.: Arundel, Arundel Fire Station, 468 Limerick Road
  • 11:45 a.m.: Portland, Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle St.
  • 12:45 p.m..: Lewiston, Longley Elementary School, 145 Birch St.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Richmond, Highway Garage, 19 High St.
  • 4:15 p.m.: Waterville, The Elm American Legion, 21 College Ave.
  • 5:30 p.m.: Bangor, Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St.

Voters on March 3 will cast ballots in both the Presidential Primary and the Special State Referendum Election. The State Referendum is open to all Maine voters, while the primaries are open only to those voters enrolled in the Democratic or Republican parties. The deadline to switch parties for this election has passed, but voters who are not currently enrolled in a party can choose to enroll by updating their voter registration on or before Election Day.

  • The Special State Referendum ballot features one people’s veto question: Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?
    For more information about the state ballot issue, see the Maine Citizens’ Guide to the Referendum Election.
  • The party primaries will feature all candidates who qualified for the ballot in Maine. Voters should note that no write-in candidates qualified for the presidential primaries, so any write-in votes will be counted as blanks.

Polls open in most municipalities between 6-10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Secretary Dunlap is encouraging all eligible voters to cast their ballots, reminding them that Election Day voter registration is an option in Maine. Voters can find their polling place and sample ballots via the State of Maine Voter Information Lookup Service.