***State and Town Election, Annual Town Meeting will be July 14, 2020***

Town Meeting and Election

Due to Covid-19, Town Meeting and Election this year will occur entirely be secret ballot referendum. Due to the length of the ballot, voters are encouraged to request an absentee ballot. You may do so by emailing the Town Clerk at [email protected] or by visiting https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

In addition to budget articles, this ballot will also include several ordinance amendments, a property acquisition, and the law enforcement contract. Each of these documents is available at the bottom of this page:

  • Town Meeting Warrant
  • Proposed amendment to the Harbor Management Ordinance
  • Proposed amendment to the Whard and Facilities Ordinance
  • Proposed amendment to the Planning Board Ordinance
  • Proposed amendment to the Road Ordinance
  • Proposed amendment to the Floodplain Management Ordinance
  • Proposed amendment to the Land Use Ordinance
  • Proposed amendment to the 911 Addressing Ordinance
  • Proposed Right of First Refusal for Pacific Hall
  • Proposed Law Enforcement Contract (2021-2023)

State Election

**AUGUSTA - Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap** is reaching out to share information with voters ahead of the July 14 Primary and State Referendum Election, as Maine citizens prepare to cast ballots in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Secretary Dunlap is providing the following new resources for voters:

An animated video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTcUTMTRI3E&feature=youtu.be explaining the absentee voting process in Maine;

A video message https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH4VuHk0mk0&feature=emb_logo featuring Secretary Dunlap discussing the upcoming election; and

Easy-to-see graphic links on the homepage of the Department of the Secretary of State website https://www.maine.gov/sos/ , quickly connecting voters with the online Absentee Ballot Request service and the printable voter registration card.

"We hope these materials will increase voters' confidence and understanding of their voting options during this pandemic," said Secretary Dunlap. I am encouraging absentee voting for this election, as it will help reduce the possibility of virus exposure for voters and election workers. Its a method weve used for many years, so we know its a secure and safe way to cast your ballot. In-person voting and Election Day voter registration will also continue to be available, to ensure that every eligible voter can participate, and virus prevention measures will be in place at polling sites, he said. These outreach materials seek to inform voters about the changes in place for this election, per Gov. Mills executive orders affecting elections (EO #39 https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/sites/maine.gov.governor.mills/files/inline-files/An%20Order%20Modyifying%20the%20Primary%20Election%20to%20Reduce%20Exposure%20to%20COVID-19.pdf and EO #56 https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/sites/maine.gov.governor.mills/files/inline-files/EO-56.pdf ). Those changes include:

An expansion of the deadline to submit voter registration applications by mail or third person: Voters have until close of business on July 7. (In-person registration is still available through Election Day.)

An expansion of the deadline to request an absentee ballot: Clerks will accept requests in person (or by written, signed request submitted in person by a third party) up to and including Election Day. To ensure timely receipt of the ballots, requests made by other means, such as the online form, must be made far enough in advance to allow time for mailing.

The option for municipal clerks to provide secure drop boxes for absentee ballots.

Allowing consolidation of polling places up to 15 days prior to Election Day.

Allowing changes to the location of polling places up to 10 days prior to Election Day.

Any voter with questions about the July 14 election can find more information on the Upcoming Elections page https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html , including a list of candidates who have qualified for the ballot and the two bond questions that will appear on the State Referendum ballot.