The Town of Morrill has set a date for holding its referendum vote asking residents if they want to restart the withdrawal process.

Residents in the town will vote on whether they wish to restart the process to withdraw from Regional School Unit 20 on Nov. 5. Prior to the vote, the town will hold a public information meeting at the Morrill Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, to discuss the withdrawal referendum.

Morrill joined Belfast, Belmont, Northport, Searsmont and Swanville during a previous bid to withdraw from RSU 20. The effort to withdraw ultimately failed due to a technicality that required a specific number of voters cast a ballot either for or against the effort.

Morrill and Searsmont were the only two towns able to muster enough votes to meet the state-mandated minimum turnout during the June vote.

If residents vote in favor of restarting the withdrawal process, Morrill will join the ranks of Belfast, Belmont, Northport and Searsmont, which have all voted to make a second withdrawal attempt.

Officials in Swanville said they have received some petitions regarding restarting the town's withdrawal process, but were unsure if any date has yet been set to hold a vote.

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