Your vote is your voice. You can make that voice heard earlier than the rest of the crowd in 9 Maine towns this week. Early voting, which is separate from Maine’s absentee voting program, has been launched to make voting easier and attempt to increase voter turnout. Absentee votes create extra clerical work for town officials. Early voting functions in exactly the same way as when you vote on voting day. Head to the polls, fill in your bubbles or check boxes, and drop your vote in the ballot box. Ballots are locked in a safe at the end of each day.
So if you live in Augusta, Bangor, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gorham, Hallowell, Saco, Scarborough or Standish beat the crowds and vote early. Then on voting day you can kick back and relax. Check your town website for more information.