Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is providing new resources for voters ahead of the July 14 primary and state referendum election, as Maine citizens prepare to cast ballots in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources include an animated video explaining the absentee voting process in Maine; a video message featuring Dunlap discussing the upcoming election; and easy-to-see graphic links on the homepage of the Department of the Secretary of State website that quickly connects voters with the online absentee ballot request service and the printable voter registration card.

Dunlap encourages absentee voting for this election to help reduce the possibility of virus exposure for voters and election workers. Maine has used the method for many years, so Dunlap emphasizes that it is a secure and safe way to vote.

“In-person voting and Election Day voter registration will also continue to be available, to ensure that every eligible voter can participate, and virus prevention measures will be in place at polling sites,” Dunlap said in a press release.

Voters have until the close of business on July 7 to submit voter registration applications by mail or third person. In-person registration is still available through Election Day.

Clerks will accept requests in person (or by written, signed request submitted in person by a third party) for absentee ballots up to and including Election Day. To ensure timely receipt of the ballots, requests made by other means, such as the online form, must be made far enough in advance to allow time for mailing.

Other provisions made in light of the pandemic include the option of municipal clerks to provide secure drop boxes for absentee ballots; the consolidation of polling places up to 15 days prior to Election Day; and changes to the location of polling places, which may be made up to 10 days prior to Election Day.

More information, including a list of candidates who have qualified for the ballot and the two bond questions that will appear on the state referendum ballot, can be found by visiting maine.gov/sos.