Shenna Bellows talks election security ahead of June primary

Monitor editor Kate Cough sat down with Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows to discuss ballot machines, poll watchers and more.
Shenna Bellows and Kate Cough during a sit-down conversation.
Maine Monitor editor Kate Cough sat down with Maine's Secretary of State Shenna Bellows to discuss ballot machines, poll watchers and more.

As Mainers prepare to head to the polls, The Maine Monitor sat down with Secretary of State Shenna Bellows on Friday for a conversation about Maine’s electoral process and the work her office does to ensure that votes are counted accurately and information is stored securely. 

Monitor editor Kate Cough and Bellows discussed Maine’s new online voter registration system, threats to elections workers, the process for verifying signatures, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and more. You can watch the full conversation here: 

The state primary is on June 11, and absentee voting is already underway

Maine is now a semi-open primary state, which means voters who are not enrolled in a particular party can vote in the primary of their choice.

Voters who are enrolled in a party may only vote in that party’s primary. The deadline to withdraw or change party enrollment for the June primary is May 24. 

There is no in-person cut off for registering to vote — you can do so at your poll site on June 11 if needed. 


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