Absentee ballots are now available for the Special Referendum Election on June 13, 2017, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced today.

Any Maine citizen can request an absentee ballot from their municipal clerk at http://maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html , either in person, by phone, or by mail. Additionally, Maine citizens who are already registered to vote may use the online Absentee Ballot Request Service at http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl . Ballots will be sent to the voter by mail and must be returned to the clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day, June 13.

Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person at a voting place on Election Day. For the June 13, 2017 Special Referendum Election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, June 8, 2017. Some municipalities may present local issues on a separate ballot at the June election. On the state ballot, voters will decide a single bond issue:

“Do you favor a $50,000,000 bond issue to provide $45,000,000 in funds for investment in research, development and commercialization in the State to be used for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that enable organizations to gain and hold market share, to increase revenues and to expand employment or preserve jobs for Maine people, to be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in a one-to-one ratio and $5,000,000 in funds to create jobs and economic growth by lending to or investing in small businesses with the potential for significant growth and strong job creation?”

Contact the Office of the Secretary of State’s Division of Elections with any questions related to the Special Referendum Election, at 624-7650 or visit http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/ .

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