Voting in Waldoboro
Voters in Waldoboro will use new voting booths on November 8. The new voting booths have no curtains and each has a station that is wheelchair accessible or where a voter can sit to fill in their ballot.
City Clerk Pam Jameson said she sent out more than 500 mail-in ballots, while there were more than 4,000 registered voters in the city. Absentee ballots must be requested by the end of the day on November 3, except in special circumstances, and they must be received at the city office before the polls close at 8 p.m. on November 8. off box near the entrance doors of the town hall, and which is emptied in the morning, at noon and in the evening. People who wish to vote by mail but do not have to send mail or drop off the ballot can use one of the new kiosks set up in the lobby and complete their ballot on the spot until 5 p.m. November 3.
Past elections have raised questions about the security and honesty of mail-in ballots. There is a very strict process for managing these ballots. When a request is made, the clerk verifies residence, registers the request and issues the ballot. If a person were to apply multiple times, they would still only receive one ballot. When returned they are checked for a signature – ballots cannot be processed unless signed – receipt is recorded in a logbook and then stored in a box in a safe -strong until cured.
This year, Waldoboro will process mail-in ballots before Election Day. During this process, there is a kind of assembly line with members of the two main political parties as well as unregistered voters. The first person reads the name on the ballot, the second person checks off the name in the logbook, the next person opens the envelope, and the fourth person introduces the ballots into the voting machine. At the end of the election, all ballots are sealed and kept in a safe for two years.
Trunk or Treat Events
The Safe Harbor Community Chapel is hosting a Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 28 in its parking lot at 50 Mill St. (formerly the VFW). The event will move indoors if the weather is bad. On October 29, the Cornhole Connection is hosting Halloween activities for kids from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $5 per family. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. there is a tournament with a buy-in of $15. The Cornhole Connection has just opened at 1607 Atlantic Highway.
There will be a Trunk or Treat at Cornerstone Financial, 816 Atlantic Highway, on Halloween from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parking will be at Gordon Libby and Ralph’s Homes while trunks will be set up in the Cornerstone parking lot. Hot corn will be provided by Maynard Stanley.
Remember to submit your requests for food baskets, toys, coats and boots by November 3 so the city can ensure all needs are met. Forms are available at the city office or online at WaldoboroMaine.org under Community Navigation.
college craft fair
The 14th Annual Medomak Middle School Craft Fair takes place Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an admission fee of $1, but free for children under 5. The event features more than 60 vendors, Maine-made products, food and door prizes. . The school is at 318 Manktown Road.
Veterans Day Celebration
The local Veterans Day celebration will take place at the Waldoborough Historical Society Museum at 10:30 a.m. on November 11. Members of the Charles C. Lilly American Legion will present the colors and the Revere Bell will be rung by local veterans. The museum is on Main Street, just a little off Route One.
Turkey Firefighter Bingo
Getting ready for Thanksgiving, the Waldoboro Fire Department is hosting its annual Turkey Bingo at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Charles C. Lilly American Legion Hall at 180 Jefferson St. Blackout wins a full Thanksgiving meal, $100 for a hunting rifle. There will also be a raffle and door prizes.
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