Voting in Waldoboro

Waldoboro voters will use new voting booths on Nov. 8. The new booths have no curtains and each has a station that is wheelchair accessible or where a voter can sit to complete their ballot.

Town Clerk Pam Jameson said that she has sent out over 500 absentee ballots, while there are over 4,000 registered voters in town. Absentee ballots need to be requested by the end of the day on Nov. 3 unless there are special circumstances, and they must be received at the town office by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. Nov. 8. There is a secure drop-off box near the front doors of the town office, and that is emptied in the morning, midday and evening.  People who wish to vote absentee but not have to mail or drop off the ballot can use one of the new booths that is set up in the lobby and fill out their ballot on the spot through 5 p.m. on Nov. 3.

Past elections have brought up questions about the security and honesty of absentee ballots. There is a very strict process for how these ballots are handled. When a request is made, the clerk checks residency, logs the request, and issues the ballot. If a person were to request multiple times, they would still only receive one ballot. When they are returned, they are checked for a signature — ballots cannot be processed if they aren’t signed — the receipt is recorded in a logbook, and then it is stored in a box in a safe until they are processed.

This year, Waldoboro will be processing absentee ballots prior to election day. During this process, there is an assembly line of sorts with members from both major political parties as well as unenrolled voters. The first person reads the name on the ballot, the second person checks off the name in the logbook, the next person opens the envelope, and the fourth person feeds the ballots into the voting machine. At the end of the election, all the ballots are sealed and stored in a safe for two years.

Trunk or Treat events

Safe Harbor Community Chapel is hosting a Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at its parking lot at 50 Mill St. (formerly the VFW). The event will move indoors if the weather is poor. On Oct. 29, the Cornhole Connection has children’s Halloween activities from 12-4 p.m. for $5 per family. From 6-10 p.m. there is a tournament with a $15 buy-in. The Cornhole Connection is newly opened at 1607 Atlantic Highway.

There will be a Trunk or Treat at Cornerstone Financial, 816 Atlantic Highway, on Halloween from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Parking will be at Gordon Libby’s and Ralph’s Homes while the trunks are set up in Cornerstone’s parking area. Kettle corn will be provided by Maynard Stanley.

Holiday applications

Don’t forget to get applications in for holiday food baskets, toys, or coats and boots before Nov. 3 so the town can make sure all needs are met. Forms are available at the town office, or go online to WaldoboroMaine.org under Community Navigation.

Middle School craft fair

Medomak Middle School’s 14th Annual Craft Fair is on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. for an admission price of $1, but free for children under 5. The event features over 60 venders, made-in-Maine products, food and door prizes. The school is at 318 Manktown Road.

Veteran’s Day observance

Local observance of Veteran’s Day will be at the Waldoborough Historical Society Museum at 10:30 a.m. on  Nov. 11. Members of the Charles C. Lilly American Legion will present colors, and the Revere Bell will be rung by local veterans. The museum is on Main Street, just a bit off Route One.

Fire Department Turkey Bingo

Gearing up for Thanksgiving, the Waldoboro Fire Department is hosting its annual Turkey Bingo at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16, at the Charles C. Lilly American Legion Hall at 180 Jefferson St. Blackout wins a full Thanksgiving meal, $100 for shotgun. There will also be a raffle and door prizes.