The Maine Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is now available to voters who wish to request a ballot for the November 3 general election, according to the office of Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. Voters must submit absentee ballot requests or vote absentee in person at least three business days prior to the election. Municipal clerks will receive ballots 30 days prior to the election and will send them to voters who have requested them beginning in early October.

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 Secretary of State’s Elections Division has updated the design of the request webpage in an effort to make the options clearer and easier to read. An option is under development for voters to request an accessible absentee ballot, which will allow those with disabilities to cast their absentee ballots privately and independently.

The online request 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 request form and mail or deliver it to their municipal clerk.

The online absentee ballot request form and a guide to voting by absentee ballot are available at the Elections Division website at maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/index.html, or call 624-7650 for more information.