The Maine Secretary of State recently launched a new online service that will allow voters to track the status of their absentee ballot.

The Absentee Ballot Request Status service is now live; it is located at the top of the absentee ballot request page: Any voter who has requested an absentee ballot can now track the status of their request, and of the ballot itself, through the Tuesday, November 3, general election.

Voters must enter their name, date of birth and city of residence to check on the progress of their ballot. They will see a grid showing whether their request was accepted or rejected by the clerk, the date a ballot was delivered to the voter and the date when the completed ballot was returned to the clerk.

Voters can request an absentee ballot via the online service or directly from their municipal clerk through Thursday, October 29, or in person from the municipal clerk through 5 p.m. on Friday, October 30. The municipal clerk must have all returned ballots in hand no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.