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Absentee Voting

 

Maine's next election is on Tuesday, November 3. If you are registered to vote and able to receive mail, please vote absentee. That will reduce crowds at polling places and increase safety for poll workers and voters who need to vote in person. After you have submitted your request, a ballot will arrive by mail in October.

 

 


WHAT IS ABSENTEE VOTING?

Here are the quick facts. Absentee voting allows you to cast a ballot without going to a polling location on Election Day. This is a convenient option, especially while we live through COVID-19. It is also completely anonymous.

Voting with an absentee ballot is easy and only takes 3 steps. Check out our guide for a simple walk-through.

Registered voters: 

Any registered voter in Maine can vote early via absentee. You can request an absentee ballot by mail, by phone, online, or in-person. For full information, click on this link to the Secretary of State's page. After you have submitted the request, your ballot will arrive in October. Your absentee ballot must be received by your Town Clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 3. 

Unregistered voters:

Unregistered voters may also request an absentee ballot. A voter registration application will be provided along with the absentee ballot. You will need to provide copies of all the required documentation along with the application.  

Common questions: 

What if I change my mind and want to vote in-person? You can request an Absentee Ballot but then decide to vote in-person instead. Once the ballot is received back at the town office, it is considered a cast ballot and you have already voted; but if you do not return the Absentee Ballot, you can still vote in person. 

How many stamps do I put on the return envelope once I am ready to mail back my ballot? The League recommends that 1-2 ballot pages will require one first-class stamp. More than two ballot pages will require extra postage. Generally speaking, two stamps should get the job done. 

What is the 100% full-proof way to make sure my Town Clerk receives my ballot? That's easy! You can vote absentee in-person at your Town Clerk's office. How does that work, you ask? All you have to do is visit your Town Clerk's office, request a ballot, take it outside to your car and complete the ballot, walk back inside, and hand deliver it. Alternatively, many towns will provide dropboxes for absentee ballots, if you don't want to mail it back. 

DEADLINE TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

The deadline to request a no-excuse absentee ballot is the Friday before Election Day. For the November 3 election, you can ask for an absentee ballot without providing a valid excuse up to and including October 30. After October 30, you can still get an absentee ballot if you have one of these reasons:

  • 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.

A special circumstances application must be signed by the voter.

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  REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLINE

Click here for an online request form.

 

  REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL

Click here to download a blank request form for printing:

Make your request early to allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you. Mail to your Town Clerk. Absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Click here to find your Town Clerk's address.

 

REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY PHONE FROM YOUR TOWN CLERK

Click here to find your Town Clerk's phone number.

 

REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN PERSON AT YOUR TOWN OFFICE

Absentee ballots are available to voters at least thirty (30) days prior to Election Day, through Election Day. Once available, you may obtain an absentee ballot in person from your Town Clerk. You can also vote and return the ballot on the same day when voting in person at your Town Clerk. 

Click here to find your Town Clerk's address.

 

  A GUIDE TO ABSENTEE VOTING IN MAINE

Click here for the State of Maine Absentee Voter Guide.