New from the Secretary of State
Absentee Ballots for General/Referendum Election Now Available to Request via Online Service
The State of Maine Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is now available for the November 6, 2018 general and referendum election.
Any registered Maine voter may choose to vote absentee, either via mail or in person at their town hall prior to Election Day. Voters do not need to provide a reason to vote absentee.
Voters can request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting their request form found online here. The form can also be printed and mailed or hand-delivered to their municipal clerk.
On the general election ballot, Maine voters will elect one of Maine’s two United States senators, Maine’s governor, two members to the United State House of Representatives, members of the Maine Legislature, and certain county officers. The referendum election ballot will include one citizens’ initiative question and four bond questions.
The full text of the proposed legislation for each question is available for review here.
Voters must submit absentee ballot requests or vote in-person absentee at least three days prior to the November 6 election. Ballots will be made available to civilian voters beginning 30 days before the election. Ballots for uniformed service and overseas voters will be available at least 45 days before the election.
The Online Service provides an e-mail notification with a confirmation number. When the request is processed and accepted by the municipal clerk, the voter will be sent an additional notification, and the ballot will arrive by mail. All Maine municipalities are required to accept electronic requests for absentee ballots.
If you have questions about the absentee voting process, clickhere or call the Division of Elections at 624-7650.