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Maine officials eye push toward automatic absentee ballots

Current Maine law requires voters to request absentee ballots for every election in which they plan to use them
Published: Feb. 9, 2021 at 11:18 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s secretary of state is getting behind a push to allow voters to request absentee voter status for all elections.

Democratic House Speaker Ryan Fecteau made the proposal, which would in turn allow voters to automatically receive absentee ballots for all elections unless they terminate their absentee status.

Current Maine law requires voters to request absentee ballots for every election in which they plan to use them.

Secretary of State Shenna Bellows says the proposal would increase voter participation in Maine.

She called the change “a simple step we can take toward our goal of making voting more accessible for all Maine citizens, and increasing voter participation.”

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