AUGUSTA – During a press briefing Tuesday, Governor Janet Mills announced the state’s primary, set to be held in June, would likely be postponed until July.
The postponement, Mills says, would help eliminate any potential risk of spreading COVID-19.
According to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, details of how the election will be run still need to be decided.
“If we were to go all absentee, we wouldn’t have to worry about polling places open or being used for other things,” Dunlap said. “We don’t know what the world’s going to look like in a couple of months.”
Mills says the elections will likely be moved to July 14.
In the past several days, a number of groups, including AARP of Maine, ACLU of Maine, League of Women Voters, Maine Conservation Alliance and Maine Center for Economic Policy, had urged the governor and secretary of state to make changes to the way registration, absentee voting and in-person voting are conducted.