In Maine: IBEW Local 1837
16 Old Winthrop Road
Manchester, ME 04351
Phone: (207) 623-1030, Fax: (207) 621-8384
In New Hampshire:
680 Central Avenue, Suite 201
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 743-1652, Fax: (603) 743-1654

IBEW 1837 Members in Maine Start Voting Early; Most Members in New Hampshire Must Wait For Election Day



 

 


 

October 3, 2008 - In what is widely recognized as “the most important election of our lifetime,” IBEW 1837 members in Maine have already begun to cast their ballots while most members in New Hampshire will have to wait until Tuesday, November 4th.  The new President and Congress will have a tremendous impact on working people and their unions when they take office come January, and all indications point to the fact that our members are deeply engaged in the political process this year.

 

Many Mainers have been taking advantage of the right of “no-excuse” absentee voting. In several communities they can participate in so-called “early voting” by simply casting an absentee ballot in person at their municipal clerk’s office before Election Day. Another option is calling their local municipal clerk and asking to have an absentee ballot mailed to them. Maine voters can then drop off their absentee ballot with the clerk or mail it back to their municipal office at the address indicated. It’s a good idea to call your municipal clerk if you have any questions. Those who choose to mail their ballots should take care to allow enough time for it to arrive well before the polls are closed on Election Day. In 2004, state officials reported that 166,000 Mainers voted by absentee ballot, and that number is expected to grow this year.

In Maine, if you already are registered to vote, you do not need to provide any proof of identification in order to receive a ballot. You can register up to and including Election Day. Maine law does require proof of age, identity and residency for those who register 20 days or fewer before Election Day. More information about Maine voting including registration by mail and the location of polling places can be found by clicking here.

The vast majority of New Hampshire residents will have to cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. Residents of the Granite State may only vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to vote in person because of a physical disability, religious belief, military service, or because of a temporary absence. Mail registration for an absentee ballot is available. Voters should request an absentee voter registration affidavit and a standard voter registration form from their local municipal clerk. Be sure to contact them for more information as soon as possible if you need to vote by absentee ballot.

In New Hampshire, if you already are registered to vote, you do not need to provide any proof of identification at the polls. You can register up to Saturday, October 25th and on Election Day. New Hampshire law does require proof of identity, age, citizenship and domicile in order to register. (If you do not have sufficient proof of identity, citizenship and domicile, you may sign an affidavit.) More information about New Hampshire voting including registration by mail and the location of polling places can be found by clickinghere.

“Members of our Union can have a real impact in this election from the top of the ticket all the way down to our state and local races,” said IBEW Local 1837 Registrar Matt Beck. “Although how each member casts their ballot is a personal decision, we urge everybody to make sure that they register and vote.”