Voting will take place at the Penobscot Community School from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on June 12. Absentee ballots must be requested by Thursday, June 7, and must be received at the Town Office by Tuesday, June 12.
Voters who are enrolled in either the Democratic or Republican party may vote for candidates on their party’s ballot. All Penobscot voters may vote on the referendum question.
Primary elections determine each party’s nomination of candidates for certain federal, state and county offices. Party candidates who are elected at the primary qualify to appear on the general election ballot the following November.
Voters who are enrolled in a political party may not change their enrollment within 15 days of an election. Unenrolled voters may enroll in a party at any time, including on election day.
The June 12, 2018, primary election will use ranked-choice voting. For more information about ranked-choice voting, including “frequently asked questions” and sample ballots, visit the state’s RCV Resources page: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/rcv.html
The referendum question is as follows:
Question 1: Do you want to reject the parts of a new law that would delay the use of ranked-choice voting in the election of candidates for any state or federal office until 2022, and then retain the method only if the constitution is amended by December 1, 2021, to allow ranked-choice voting for candidates in state elections?