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Signs of the times

By Christine Simmonds | Jul 07, 2020
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Signs around Thomaston encourage voting by mail for the July 14 election, including this one near Dwight Street.

Thomaston — Signs around Thomaston encourage absentee ballots.

The July 14 elections continue despite the ever-changing number of cases of COVID-19. As of July 7, there have been 110 deaths statewide from the virus, and 3,050 confirmed cases.

Municipalities around the state have been struggling to find ways to safely hold the elections, while still following Center for Disease Control recommendations. Absentee ballots seem to be the best answer.

All cities and municipalities in Maine will be accepting absentee ballots by mail and in person until 8 p.m. on July 14, as outlined by Governor Mills' executive order.

This sign off Erin Street in Thomaston encourages residents to vote by mail to reduce crowds on July 14 elections. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Safety concerns due to COVID-19 has caused municipalities to encourage residents to vote by mail, using tactics like this sign off 131 South and Route 1 in Thomaston. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
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Comments (2)
Posted by: Joanne Lee Richards | Jul 09, 2020 22:47

I went to my town office requested an absentee ballot and filled it out right there. Then I put it in the envelope, signed and sealed it and handed it back to the town clerk. Easy and quick! No lines, no COVID concerns! Do it !


Posted by: Sam Charlton | Jul 07, 2020 15:45

I received my mail in ballot within 2 days of a request via the Secretary of State's web site. Thomaston confirmed our register voting status (party affiliation) and mailed us the appropriate ballots for local and State elections and mailed the ballots to our home. It was an easy process to complete, sign the special envelope,  place 2 stamps (lots of paper and oversized envelope) and we're done.

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