Absentee Ballots for General Election Now Available by Request via Online Service


The Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is now available for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap notified voters today.

The Elections Division, in coordination with the State’s Online Service provider InforME, has improved the design of the page to make the options clearer and easier to read.  In addition, Secretary Dunlap is adding an option for voters to request an accessible absentee ballot, which will allow voters with disabilities to cast their absentee ballots privately and independently.  The accessible voting option is still under development and will go line in mid-September according to a press release issued by his office early this afternoon.

Any registered Maine voter may choose to vote absentee, either via mail or in person at their town or city hall prior to Election Day.  Voters do not need to provide a reason to vote absentee.

The online service provides an email notification with a confirmation number.  When the request is processed and accepted by the municipal clerk, the voter will receive additional notification and the ballot will arrive by mail.

All Maine municipalities are required to accept electronic requests for absentee ballots.  Voters can also print out the form and mail or hand-deliver it to their municipal clerk.  Voters must submit absentee ballot requests or vote in-person absentee at least three business days prior to the November 3 Election: Municipal clerks receive the ballots 30 days prior to the election and will then begin to send ballots to voters who have requested them, beginning in early October.

If you have questions about the absentee process in Maine, visit the Department of Secretary of State Absentee Information web page or call the Divisions of Elections  at 621-7650.

Please visit post herein dated August 14, 2020 for a quote from Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on the matter.