Cutler asks absentee voters to consider revoting for him

Posted Nov. 01, 2010, at 5:46 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 01, 2010, at 11:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s campaign is hoping to get a boost from voters with 11th-hour changes of heart.

Cutler says voters who have cast absentee ballots for one of the other four candidates but now support him can ask local officials for new ballots so they can vote again. But that’s not possible if the ballots already have been processed.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says election officials’ policy is that changing one’s mind does not qualify absentees to revote.

However, any ballots that are reissued will be counted and marked as challenged. In the event of a recount, their validity could be decided in court.

In Portland, two voters tried to rescind their ballots by late Monday afternoon but elections administrator Kathy Jones said neither was allowed to do so because their ballots had been processed.

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