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Power Outages Could Change Maine Polling Places

The weekend storm dropped 10 to 14 inches of snow on parts of Maine, and more than 50,000 customers were still without power as of Monday afternoon

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    Power Outages Could Change Maine Polling Places

    The Maine Secretary of State's office said it may be forced to change some polling places on Tuesday if power outages as a result of this weekend's storm persist.

    The weekend storm dropped 10 to 14 inches of snow on parts of Maine, and more than 50,000 customers were still without power as of Monday afternoon.

    Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said he is workign closely with Central Maine Power and Emera to assess if any polling places have been impacted by the outages and to help plan for alternate voting locations or power sources, if necessary.

    "The important thing to remember is we use paper ballots," Dunlap said. "As long as people can mark their ballots by 8 p.m. on Election Day, their vote will be counted. Our town clerks are working diligently to make sure that polling locations are up and functional tomorrow, and any adjustments that need to be made will be made public as broadly as we can. In the meantime, folks should plan on being able to vote tomorrow as normal while power crews work to restore electricity to the affected areas."

    If any polling places are still without power by the time polls are set to open on Election Day, voters will be notified with a sign on the door directing them to an alternate location. Town and city clerks will also reach out to local media outlets to announce alternate locations.

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