LATEST ABSENTEE BALLOT INFO; Mills Holds Portland Election Night Reception After Visitng East End Community School and Other Portland Polling Stations


Governor Janet T. Mills Addressing the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Mid-July in Portland. The Governor Will be Visiting Portland Polling Stations on Election Day Late in the Day Following a Whirlwind Tour of Maine Polling Stations Eariler in the Day.  The Governor Will Vote in her Hometown of Farmington First Thing in the Morning.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) Moments Before the “Get Out the Vote” Rally in Portland.  She is Seeking Her 8th Term Serving District 1 Mainers and Expected to be Victorious in This Race. (Please Visit Post Herein Dated November 1, 2022, for More on the “Get Out the Vote” Rally Referred to Above).

Secretary of State Shenna Bellows to Visit Polling Places Around Maine on Electin Day, Tuesday, November 8th, Starting Early in the Morning. (Photo Provided by Secretary Bellows’ Office).

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 4, 2022, Governor Janet T.  Mills (D) will host a reception at AURA, 121 Center Street, Portland, starting at 7:30 pm.  This reception is to thank Maine voters following a whirlwind tour of polling stations across the state, ending in Portland late in the day and in time for the evening reception at AURA.

The Portland tours start at Reiche Community School, 166 Brackett Street on the West End.  It runs from 4:30 – 5:00 pm.  The second Portland stop is at East End Community School, 195 North Street on Munjoy Hill. This visit runs from 5:15 – 5:45 pm.  The final Portland stop is at St. Pious Church, 492 Ocean Avenue.  It runs from 5:50 – 6:15 pm.

Earlier in the day, the Governor will cast her vote in her hometown of Farmington. The last stop on her Election Day schedule will be the reception at AURA, 121 Center Street, Portland.

Additionally, as of today, November 7, 2022, 223,651 absentee ballots  have been returned and accepted by their municipal clerks statewide.  Mainers had requested 251,788 absentee ballots.   Of those accepted, 110,724 are from Democrats and 54,159 are from Republicans according to Emily Cook, the Communications Director for  Secretary of State Shenna Bellows.  This latest absentee ballot  information was issued late today in a press release from the Secretary’s Augusta office.  (Please visit post herein dated October 31, 2022 for more information on the Democrats outpacing all other party members for absentee ballot requests).

Thursday, November 3  was the last day of no-excuse absentee voting.  After November 3, when certain special circumstances exist, like, an unexpected hospitalization, a voter may still vote absentee.  Absentee ballots will be received by a municipality by 8:00 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 to be counted.

In other words, that means voters who have not yet returned their absentee ballot should do so using an absentee ballot drop box in their municipality or in person at their municipal clerk by 8:00 pm, Tuesday according to a press release received today from the office of Secretary of State Shenna Bellows.  The Portland ballot drop box is located on Myrtle Street at city hall.

Secreretary Bellows will visit polling places all over the state as well as the Governor.  She will visit the Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Avenue, Portland, from 9:00 am – to 10:30 am.

“Election preparations and absentee voting around the state have been smooth and steady,” said Secretary of State Shenna Bellows.  “We’re looking forward to another election with strong turnouts as Mainers make their voices heard at the ballot box.”

“Governor Mills (D) is the first woman governor of Maine and its first AG, and is on course to become its second woman governor of Maine,” chimed in the delighted  “I’m going out on a limb and predict a landslide victory for Governor Mills over LePage.”

The “Bangor Daily News” endorsed Governor Janet T. Mills (D) over Paul LePage (R) late last month, although you won’t read about it in the “Portland Press Herald.”  The Editorial Board of the “BDN” endorsed Governor Mills (D) for her leadership style and demeanor in which she worked to meet the needs of Maine people.  The Editorial Board referred to Paul LePage (R) as “crass” and said he should not be returned to the Blaine House. To read the complete endorsement for Governor Mills by the “Bangor Daily News” Editorial Board, please read post herein dated October 27, 2022.