Friday, July 10, 2020
Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski
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Secretary Dunlap to visit polling places during Tuesday, July 14 Referendum & Primary Election


AUGUSTA – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Maine’s top election official, will be visiting polling places throughout the day on Election Day, Tuesday, July 14, to observe the voting process and meet with local election officials. Secretary 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.
  • 9 a.m.: Ellsworth, City Hall Auditorium, 1 City Hall Plaza
  • Noon: Portland, Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle St.
  • 2 p.m.: Lewiston, Longley Elementary School, 145 Birch St.
  • 3:45 p.m.: Augusta, Civic Center, 76 Community Drive
  • 5:30 p.m.: Bangor, Cross Insurance Center Concourse, 515 Main St.

Voters on Tuesday, July 14 will cast ballots in both the State Primary Election and the Special Referendum Election. The State Referendum is open to all Maine voters, while the primaries are open only to those voters who are enrolled in the Democratic, Republican or Green Independent parties. The deadline to change 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 two bond issues:

  • “Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas, to be used to match up to $30,000,000 in federal, private, local or other funds?”
  • “Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for improvement of highways and bridges statewide and for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects, to be used to match an estimated $275,000,000 in federal and other funds?”

For more information about the bond issues, see the Maine Citizens’ Guide to the Referendum Election.

The party primaries will feature all candidates who qualified for the ballot in Maine. A list of candidates is available on the Upcoming Elections page.

Voters can find their polling place and sample ballots via the State of Maine Voter Information Lookup Service. Polls open in all municipalities between 6-10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Secretary Dunlap is reminding voters that all absentee ballots must be in hand with your municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. Voters who have not yet returned their absentee ballot should deliver or drop off their voted ballot to the clerk on or before Election Day.

Social distancing and increased hygiene procedures will be in place at all polling sites due to the pandemic precautions and all voters are encouraged to wear a face covering at the polling place and allow additional time to cast their ballot. For more information about alterations to the voting experience, visit our webpage, “How Will COVID_19 Prevention Measures Affect my Election Day experience?”