Absentee ballot deadline looms with requests down

7:07 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - In town and city halls across the state, voters have been lining up for the past few weeks for a chance to get an absentee ballot.  

But this year, despite the new deadline, fewer people are voting absentee. 

The Secretary of State's office says that as of Tuesday about 113,000 absentee ballots had been turned in. That's far below the absentee vote in the 2008 presidential election. 

   Here are the numbers:

  In 2008, a Presidential election year, Mainers cast 238,940 absentee ballots--- roughly 32% of the total statewide vote.

 In 2010, when Mainers were electing a Governor, there were 63,138 absentee ballots turned in. Smaller vote totals are common in non-presidential years.

 As of Tuesday of this week, according to the Secretary of State's office, Mainers had requested 155,187 absentee ballots, but only 113,459 had been completed and returned.

 Town and city clerks say they've noticed the drop but hope more people will come in before the deadline.  

The Secretary of State's office says Thursday is the last day absentee ballots can be requested, but ballots can still be turned in on Friday, Monday or even on Election Day.


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