Absentee Voting in Maine

A Guide to Absentee Voting in Maine

Online Absentee Ballot Request - Use this online service to request your absentee ballot electronically.  All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Maine. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.

  • To vote absentee, an application must be received by election officials no earlier than three months prior to the election and no later than the third business day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by election officials by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.**

** As Maine implements strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order moving Maine’s primary election and mandating the following regarding absentee voting:

The requirements in 21-A M.R.S. §§ 753-A and 753-B governing absentee ballots are suspended and modified in the following respects only:

  • Applications for absentee ballots may be made in writing or in person up to and including the day of the election, without specifying a reason, in order to permit voters to obtain an absentee ballot and return it before the polls close on July 14, 2020; and
  • Absentee ballot applications furnished more than 3 months before June 9, 2020 remain valid for use in the election on July 14, 2020.

For more on the Governor's Executive Order, please click here.

Uniformed Service & Overseas Voters (UOCAVA) - For information specific to:

  • Uniformed Service Voter: Active duty military and their dependents (U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps)
  • Coast Guard
  • Commissioned corps of the U.S. public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • The Merchant Marine

Overseas Voter: U.S. citizen living outside of the United States who was qualified or would be qualified to vote in their place of residence in Maine prior to leaving the U.S.

Voter Rights

Municipal Election Officials - Search the list for contact information for your Clerk or Registrar of Voters in your municipality for more information on obtaining or casting an absentee ballot.