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Absentee Voting Guide

Completing your absentee ballot is easy! It requires 3 simple steps, which we have outlined below. Keep in mind that in-person absentee voting will also be available for the November election:

  • If you choose to vote in-person using an absentee ballot at your municipal clerk's office, call first for office hours and ballot availability. Ballots become available 30 to 45 days before the election. Click here to find your Town Clerk's phone number.

  • In-person voting using an absentee ballot will end on the Friday before Election Day unless you have a valide excuse. For the November election, that will be October 30. 
  • You don't need to complete an absentee ballot application if you vote in person at the clerk's office.

Step 1: Request an absentee ballot

Absentee ballots are available without an excuse through October 30. It is a one-time request, and you must renew your request for each election. Make your request early to allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you. It can take 5-7 days. 

  • Request an absentee ballot by phone from your Town Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on October 29. Click here to find your Town Clerk's phone number. Be aware that waiting until this deadline may not allow enough time for your ballot to reach you through the mail.
  • Request an absentee ballot in person at your Town Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 30. Click here to find your Town Clerk's address.
  • Request an absentee ballot online or by mail by 5:00 p.m. on October 29. Click here for an online request form or to get a printable form that you can submit by mail or FAX. Be aware that waiting until this deadline may not allow enough time for your ballot to reach you through the mail.

You can still get an absentee ballot after the October 30 deadline if you have one of these excuses:

  • An unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day;
  • A physical disability, or an incapacity or illness that makes the voter unable to leave home or a treatment facility;
  • An inability to travel to the polls because the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct; or
  • Illness or incapacity that prevents the voter from leaving home or a treatment facility.

This special circumstances application must be signed by the voter.

 

Step 2: Complete your absentee ballot

Before you do anything, sign the back flap of the return envelope. Your absentee ballot will not be accepted if the envelope is not signed.

  • Complete the ballot as you normally would. Use a black or blue ballpoint pen. Do not make any other marks on the ballot except where you vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can request another one. Call your town clerk for a replacement ballot. Click here to find your Town Clerk's phone number.
  • Fold the ballot, and put it in the envelope.
  • If you're returning your ballot by postal mail, put the correct postage on the envelope. Up to two ballot pages will require one first-class stamp. More than two ballot pages will require extra postage.
  • Check once more that the envelope is signed on the flap on the back.

 

Step 3: Return your absentee ballot

  • Return your ballot either in person or by mail so that your Town Clerk receives it by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3. 
  • If you return your ballot by postal mail, allow 5-7 days to make sure it gets there on time. Otherwise, drop it off in person. Click here to find your Town Clerk's address.
Absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

 

A Guide to Absentee Voting in Maine

Click here for the State of Maine Absentee Voter Guide. 

 

When in doubt, contact the League

We are here to assist all voters. If you have a question about absentee voting or elections, give us a call at (207) 622-0256. Or email us at info@lwvme.org.