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Friday, September 29, 2006

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Dual elections will be held November 7

There will be two separate elections held on Tuesday, November 7, a Special Town Election and the Biennial State Election. Even though the elections are both on the same day and are held at the same location, they will be run as two entirely distinct elections.

Voters will need to check in for one election, mark that ballot, check out and have their ballot cranked through the voting box. Then, the voters will need to check in for the second election, at a different check-in table, mark the second ballot, and then have their ballot cranked through the other voting box. There will be two wardens, two assistant wardens, and two separate teams of election workers. Also, the ballots will be counted by separate teams after the elections.

It is entirely possible that a voter may be eligible to vote in only one of the two elections since they have different voter registration deadlines. The last day to register to vote for the State Election is Wednesday, October 18 (20 days prior to the November 7 election).

For Special Town Elections, the deadline to register to vote is measured from the date of the Special Town Meeting, rather than from the date of the election. Hence, the last day to register to vote for the Special Town Election is Tuesday, October 10 (20 days prior to the Special Town Meeting).

The Town Clerk's office will be open until 8 p.m. on both of the deadline days to accommodate new registrants. If you have questions about your voter registration, contact the Town Clerk to verify your voting status at 1-978-369-6155, or e-mail at chinton@carlisle.mec.edu.

The deadline to receive an absentee ballot for either election is noon on Monday, November 6. Absentee ballot applications may be picked up in the Town Clerk's office, or one may call or e-mail to request an absentee ballot application. Completed absentee ballots must be turned in by 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 7, Election Day.


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