Nearly a quarter million absentee ballots were cast in this year’s elections.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is projecting that 80% of Maine’s registered voters cast ballots on Tuesday. That outnumbers the 2004 presidential election, which was a record of 74%.
Meanwhile, state election officials plan to ask the next legislature to amend Maine’s constitution to allow early voting.
They say it will not only provide a convenience for voters, but also help town clerks with all the paperwork associated with absentee ballots.
Bangor, Readfield, and Portland tried the pilot program a year ago, and all three cities are touting its success.
Secretary of State Dunlap says he is also discussing plans to replace all voting machines in Maine to ensure uniformity, as well as launch a vote-by-mail pilot project.