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Mainers shatter record for absentee ballots in a primary

A mistake in Illinois’ automatic voter registration system could mean deportation, criminal charges or both for a handful of immigrants who cast ballots. Hundreds of people who acknowledged that they weren’t U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Sixteen of them voted. (MGN IMage)
A mistake in Illinois’ automatic voter registration system could mean deportation, criminal charges or both for a handful of immigrants who cast ballots. Hundreds of people who acknowledged that they weren’t U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Sixteen of them voted. (MGN IMage)(KWQC)
Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 7:22 PM EDT
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Maine voters are taking advantage of absentee ballots at an unprecedented rate in advance of the July 14 primary.

The Bangor Daily News reported Friday that 163,000 Mainers have requested the ballots. Voting on the day of the primary is likely to be complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, and that has led local and state officials to encourage absentee voting.

The volume of absentee ballots is a record for a primary. It would take a big final push to equal the state record of 244,000 set during the 2008 general election.

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