how to vote




- In Maine, you can register to vote at any time up to and including Election Day

- After the Thursday prior to Election Day, absentee ballots can only be requested through election officials via special circumstances application.

- All absentee ballots must be returned by 8pm on Election Day

FROM THE Maine bureau of corporations and elections WEBSITE

Any voter is eligible to vote by absentee ballot without needing an excuse to do so. To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official. The County Election Official will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Election Official. Maine residents can request regular absentee ballots up to the Thursday before Election Day unless special circumstances exist - being hospitalized or physically disabled are both considered special circumstances in Maine.

In Maine, either the County Election Official or the Secretary of State (via ) must be contacted in order to receive a special circumstances application. The voter must sign the special circumstances application. Make sure you are registered before you apply to vote by absentee or special circumstances ballot.


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.

Check if you are registered to vote at 

* On or before Nov 1, 2018: fill out an online request for an absentee ballot and mail it to your municipal clerk

* After Nov 1: contact your municipal clerk to obtain a special circumstances application

Fill out the application.


Sign the application.

Prior to Election Day, ballots may be returned to your municipal clerk.


On Election Day, ballots should be returned to your polling location.


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