MAINE

How to vote from your hospital bed

LINKS

Before October 29, 2020 (3 Days Before Election)

Register to Vote!

Find more information here https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/absenteeguide.html or at https://www.vote.org/

Absentee ballots may be requested beginning 3 months before Election Day, and until the 3rd business day prior to the election, unless special circumstances exist. Make your request early to allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you.

Contact the municipal clerk in the town or city where you are registered to vote. You can make a telephone request for your own ballot, which will be mailed to the address you provide to the clerk.

You can request your own ballot electronically using the Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot request service. The approved online form can be found at the following web site:  http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

You can make a written request by completing an absentee ballot application. Additionally, you can obtain a ballot for an immediate family member in this same way. A ballot will be mailed to the voter directly or to an immediate family member making the request. Your municipal clerk can tell you who is considered an immediate family member under the law.

Thursday October 29, 2020 (3 Days Before Election Day)

May begin applying for special circumstances application if you have a physical disability or are hospitalized. 

8PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

To be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 

DEADLINES

 

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/absenteeguide.html or at https://www.vote.org/.

For more information please contact:

Office of the Secretary of State
Division of Elections
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
(207) 624-7650
cec.elections@maine.gov
www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/

2.

Complete an Special Circumstances Application

Voter must fill out a special circumstances application, stating one of four allowable reasons for requesting an absentee ballot after this deadline. Two of the four reasons apply to disabled or hospitalized voters:

  • A physical disability,

  • An incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility.

This special circumstances application must be signed by the voter. This application can be obtained from your municipal clerk or from the Secretary of State.

If you're unable to access a printer, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help deliver materials to you

3.

Return Your Application

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4.

Obtain Your Ballot

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5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return Your Completed Ballot

To be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

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STATE LAW

Maine Title 21A  - §751 2011, c. 534, §18 (AMD)

The clerk may not issue an absentee ballot to any voter, immediate family member or 3rd person whose request was received in the municipal office after the 3rd business day before election day, unless the voter signs an application, designed by the Secretary of State, stating one of the following reasons for requesting an absentee ballot after the deadline:

  • An unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on election day;

  • A physical disability;

  • An inability to travel to the polls because the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct; or

  • An incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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