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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 July 14 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.

  • Normally, in-person voting using an absentee ballot ends on the Thursday before Election Day, but that deadline has been waived for the July 14 election. You can vote absentee up to and even incuding Election Day. Does that mean you can visit your Town Clerk on July 14th, fill out an absentee ballot, and return it back to your clerk all within the same visit? You sure can! 
  • 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

The window for requesting an absentee ballot is open for the July 14th primary. Ballots will be available at least 30 days before the election. Absentee ballots are available through Election Day, July 14th. 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 July 9. Click here to find your Town Clerk's phone number.
  • Request an absentee ballot in person at your Town Office by 8:00 p.m. on July 14. Click here to find your Town Clerk's address.
  • Request an absentee ballot online or by mail by 5:00 p.m. on July 9. Click here for an online request form or to get a printable form that you can submit by mail or FAX.

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.
  • Check once more that the envelop 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, July 14th. 
  • 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.