Maine voters can request an absentee ballot for Maine’s November 6 General and Referendum Election by completing and submitting a request form online at www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl. Voters can also print out the form and mail or hand-deliver it to their municipal clerk.

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. Actual ballots won’t be available until 30 days before the election, except ballots for uniformed service and overseas voters will be available at least 45 days before the election. But absentee ballot requests can be submitted as of now. All Maine municipalities are required to accept electronic requests for absentee ballots.

On the November 6 General Election ballot, Maine voters will elect one of Maine’s two United States Senators, Maine’s Governor, two Representatives to Congress, members of the Maine Legislature, and certain county officers. 

The Referendum Election ballot will include one citizens’ initiative question and four bond questions:  

Question 1: “Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”

Question 2: “Do you favor a $30,000,000 bond issue to improve water quality, support the planning and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and assist homeowners whose homes are served by substandard or malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems?”

Question 3: “Do you favor a $106,000,000 bond issue, including $101,000,000 for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities and equipment related to ports, piers, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and $5,000,000 for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings?”

Question 4: “Do you favor a $49,000,000 bond issue to be matched by at least $49,000,000 in private and public funds to modernize and improve the facilities and infrastructure of Maine’s public universities in order to expand workforce development capacity and to attract and retain students to strengthen Maine’s economy and future workforce?”

Question 5: “Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all 7 of Maine’s community colleges in order to provide Maine people with access to high-skill, low-cost technical and career education?”

For more information about the absentee voting process, visit www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/index.html or call the Division of Elections at 624-7650.