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League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund Releases 2017 Easy-to-Read Voter Guide

Press Release October 10, 2017

Augusta - The League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund has released its tenth Easy-to-Read Voter Guide for the 2017 election. This year's guide covers four statewide referendum questions that will be decided by voters on November 7th.

Written in easy-to-understand language, the 2017 Easy-to-Read Voter Guide is nonpartisan and does not promote any candidate, platform, or position on the ballot. This year, there are no statewide candidate elections, and the state ballot will consist only of four ballot questions. Questions 1 and 2 are Citizen Initiatives to create new laws, Question 3 is a Bond Issue to borrow money, and Question 4 is a request to amend Maine's Constitution.

The four questions are stated in the full text that will appear on the ballot followed by a short discussion of what each question means and the arguments both for and against the question. The Guide also includes general information about voting in Maine, including who can vote, how to register, how to vote absentee, and where to vote on Election Day.

"Over the last decade we have provided Maine voters with easily accessible, nonpartisan information about what will appear on the statewide ballot on Election Day, and we are pleased to be able to continue that service and tradition this year," said Jill Ward, President of the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund. "We encourage Maine voters of all stripes to use and share the guide so that all our citizens have the information they need to exercise their right to vote."

This year the guide will be published in an electronic format only and can be viewed and downloaded at