Absentee Ballot Requests Up This Year 

With some hotly debated questions on the ballot, city hall is buzzing with requests for absentee ballots this election season. Bangor City Clerk Patty Dubois says the referendum questions are a big reason for the jump. “For an off year election, it’s been particularly busy and I think people are particularly interested in Question 1 and also the Tabor and excise tax questions have generated a lot of interest, so we’re busier than you would anticipate for an off year election.”Absentee ballots are available 45 days before election day by contacting the City Clerks office by phone or mail, you can also request a ballot online at the city’s website. “You can ask for an absentee ballot right up until election day,” says Dubois, “the key is they have to be returned to our office no later than 8:00 p.m on election night.”Bangor residents can also vote early at the Bangor Civic Center, October 26th-November 2nd. The polls are open from 8:00-6:00 Monday thru Friday and 8:00 to Noon on Saturdays. “What early voting is this year,” says Dubois, “in particular we’re participating in pilot program with the Secretary of State’s office to do early voting where voters feed their ballots directly into the voting machine just like on election day rather than just seal them in an envelope which is held until it’s processed on election day so that kind of a new process and what that does for the voter is it gives them a sense of security that there ballot is actually cast.”This year will also help to determine the future of early voting statewide. “Voters that participate in the early voting will be asked to participate in a survey which will be submitted to the legislature so that they can make a determination on whether or not to send to the voters a constitutional amendment that will allow early voting at all elections,” says Dubois.