Our elected leaders speak - Senator Troy Jackson on Election Day

7 June 2012


Troy Jackson


In the interest of the democratic process, I am reminding you of Primary voting day on June 12. Your vote is important, and some contests have been won or lost by just a few votes. Democracy works best when the citizens participate and candidates know the positions of constituents on issues.

If you are unable to vote on June 12, you can vote by absentee ballot. The last day to obtain an absentee ballot, however, is today, Thursday, June 7. For your information, May 27 was the last day that a voter could switch parties.

If you are an unregistered voter, you may register at the polls on Primary voting day, June 12.

The entire Legislature - 35 Senators and 151 Representatives - are up for re-election.

In addition, Maine's two Representatives to Congress and Senator Snowe's replacement are also on the Primary ballot. There may also be local ballot questions such as municipal budgets and other similar questions on your ballot.

More information Election Day and absentee voting can be found below.


Troy Jackson

Senator, District 35

Information about absentee voting in Maine

Voters must request their absentee ballots by the close of business on the Thursday prior to an election, except in special circumstances allowed by law. This includes requests to vote the ballot in the presence of the Municipal Clerk. After this deadline, a voter may request an absentee ballot only if the voter completes a Special Circumstances Application and indicates one of three allowable reasons to request an absentee ballot after this deadline, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

Maine citizens who are registered to vote may use an online service to request an absentee ballot by clicking here http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0014iSgMMQjhCM2IlTrQR6bhCI-7u4GcT_JfAuN-Di074lYRgtFaztyz_DlD32N4qf4U7Y9BRa8qOa5tS7nfbRyfDq_hlBgO40Ut52p9q4Z-g5MMZnxjOekdWI-mjTVME6Mx_MJFOppzlXGWdZgtQNG5iSonySRNsJYDXUEDGlBcZM=.

The ballot will be sent to you via postal mail and must be returned to your municipal clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day. You may also contact the municipal clerk in the town or city where you are registered to vote.

Click here http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0014iSgMMQjhCMgTdGXk_CXmvKDSJx3vemmgBtITqXYO8TEXefZ8IzrTdQH8JiVndwX_AangkTrPD3qPeRnOjW82V33NOs-c7S7fDldsxQHcBz1308C5jEbRkYkB9t7IE_zbayIVYU0pDRBa7XcGrsdagGLIJeN1WLa to view a question and answer guide to absentee voting in Maine.