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Absentee Voting in Maine Could Set Record

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine voters are taking advantage of the state's absentee ballot law and casting votes before election day. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says this year could set a record.

“Right now we have had about just shy of 210,000 absentee ballots requested," Dunlap says. "We expect that number to go up quite a bit in the next few days.”

About 163,000 Maine voters have already cast their ballots. That’s more than used the process in 2014, but short of the record-setting 2008 presidential election, where nearly 237,000 Mainers used the absentee process.

So far, registered Democrats account for about half of those using absentee ballots.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.