To provide you some background on the candidates vying for your votes on Election Day, Nov. 8, this week’s Republican Journal contains a special section with photos, background and statements from all those running in Waldo County who responded to our requests, along with information gleaned from other sources for those who did not respond. See pages A3 to A6.

On page A7, you will also find a guide to ranked-choice voting, which might figure in the race U.S. Congress representing the 2nd District, in which three candidates are running for the seat.

Also note that next week the Thursday, Oct. 27, issue will include the last candidate-related letters you will see in The Republican Journal prior to Election Day. The deadline for submitting letters for that issue is  5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day, you can pick up an absentee ballot at your town office or request a ballot online at https://apps.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl. Whether you will be out of town, are traveling overseas or are serving in the military, to be counted, the ballot must be returned to your town or city clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

You can also vote early by obtaining and filling out your absentee ballot on the spot in your municipal office and handing it back immediately to the clerk in its sealed envelope.

If you are not yet registered, you can register in person at any time at your town office; note that you will need to bring identifying documents that establish who you are and where you live. Maine has same-day voter registration, meaning that you may register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day. To vote on Nov. 8, you will need to take your identifying documents to the polls. To speed the process, you can download a voter registration application in advance at maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/voterguide.html or pick up an application at your town office.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Belfast and Bucksport. In all other Waldo County municipalities and on Verona Island, polls open at 8 a.m. All polls in Maine close at 8 p.m.

In Belfast, Wards 1 and 2 vote at the Belfast Boathouse, 34 Commercial St.; Wards 3 and 4 at Tarratine Hall, 153 Main St.; and Ward 5 at the United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, East Belfast.

Most other Waldo County municipalities vote at their town offices or municipal buildings. Freedom votes in an adjacent Election Hall. Lincolnville votes at Lincolnville Central School. Morrill, Searsmont, Searsport, Unity, Waldo and Winterport vote in their community centers. Bucksport votes in the G. H. Jewett School gymnasium.

For questions about voting in your municipality, or to work at the polls checking in voters or counting votes, call your town office.

For general questions about elections and voting in Maine, visit maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/index.html.

Above all, get out and vote!

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story contained inaccurate information about ranked choice voting, which might apply only in the race for Maine’s 2nd District, in which three candidates are running.

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