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South Portland Community e-Newsletter

Issue #287

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All municipal offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, October 12 for Indigenous Peoples' Day.  
MOOSE ON THE LOOSE -- This picture was taken early one morning by South Portland Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Karl Coughlin.  The moose, which has since been relocated to a more appropriate habitat, was seen last month walking in neighborhoods and visiting Willard Beach. 
There are many City Boards & Committees currently seeking members.  Most of these committees are currently meeting remotely via Zoom.  If you are interested in serving your community, there are many opportunities.  Click here for more information and to fill out an application.
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Do you wonder what happens to your absentee ballot once you drop it off? 

When you drop off your ballot, your ballot is held in a secured vault until processing may begin (a week before Election Day).  When election staff begin processing absentee ballots, they are removed from their envelopes in a manner which preserves the confidentiality of the voter's ballot, sorted, and then put through the tabulators (ballot scanners).  This process is open to the public to witness. 

While ballots are entered into the tabulators, no results are known until all absentee ballots are processed and polls close on Election Day.  After the polls close on Election Day, absentee results are then run along with the polling place results and they are added together and a total for the City is announced.  Every ballot accepted by Election Day at 8:00pm is counted.  

Absentee processing is a very labor-intensive process that takes time and with over 9,000 absentee ballots issued to date, we're grateful for the ability to process early to help us be able to get results out at a reasonable hour on election night. 


See responses to previous questions:
Absentee Voting has begun at City Hall!

If you want to vote in-person at City Hall (25 Cottage Road) or pick up a ballot for yourself or a member of your immediate family, you may do so during normal hours of operation -- Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm and until 6:00pm on Thursdays.  

If you wish to receive your ballot in the mail, you can make your request online here.


Ballots must be returned to City Hall and received by 8:00pm on Election Day.  We have a dropbox located outside in the back of City Hall at 25 Cottage Road available 24/7 for ballot drop-off, or you may return your ballot in the mail.  More information is available on our website.
 
You only need to request your ballot once!

Many campaigns and get-out-the-vote organizations are mailing voters absentee ballot request forms to fill out and return to their City Hall.  You may receive several notices and request forms from different organizations.  You are not required to fill this out and send it in, but you may do so if you wish to request an absentee ballot and have it mailed to you.

We are starting to receive calls from voters who have already made their request by mail or phone for the upcoming election and are asking if they need to submit these forms as well. You only need to request your ballot once, so if you have received the form and already put in a request for a ballot, you do not need to submit it. If you have any concerns, you can call the City Clerk's office at (207) 767-3201.

2020 City Construction Projects
Click here for a list of construction projects happening in the City.  Contact Water Resource Protection Engineering Division at 767-7675 for more information. 
South Portland Public Works will again be working with the Age Friendly South Portland Committee to provide buckets of sand to the city's seniors and individuals with mobility issues. Call (207) 767-7635 for more information or to have a bucket delivered or one from last year refilled.
American Legion Square Sign Upgraded  
by Michael R. Pock,  Adjutant

Stewart P. Morrill American Legion Post 35 in South Portland recently removed the large placard designating the small park next to the South Portland Post Office as Legion Square. Although no longer a square but a traffic circle it is still called Legion Square. The name comes from the fact the less than 500 feet away was the location of the first South Portland Legion meeting place. The building still stands, remodeled into a group home, on a quiet side street. The square has changed several times since the American Legion left in the 1930 to take up residence in the “Moose Home” on Broadway just a few blocks around the corner.

The sign was completely repainted and stenciled by Joe Tufts, a Post member, who owns a sign business at the end of Broadway in what used to be South Portland Shipyard dry-docks. Joe has been our “unofficial” sign maker for our Post and his handy-work can be seen on our upgraded Post sign on our front lawn.  We are constantly striving to get our brand noticed in any way we can in South Portland to continue to foster Americanism in our Community.
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