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Online Absentee Ballot Request Service available for fall election

Posted Aug. 05, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap has announced that the Online Absentee Ballot Request Service for the Nov. 4. General and Referendum Election is . available. 

The service has been enhanced to facilitate requests from emergency aid workers and displaced voters, should a State of Emergency occur that requires aid workers or voters to relocate. This option will be available only during a State of Emergency and offers functionality similar to requests from Maine residents who are stationed in the military or residing in another country.

The Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is available at: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

All Maine municipalities are required to accept electronic requests for absentee ballots. Municipal clerks will process the requests and mail out absentee ballots when they become available.

The service allows any registered Maine voter to request their absentee ballot by: Completing and submitting their request form online; filling out the request form online, then printing and signing the completed form to mail to their municipal clerk; or printing a blank request form to fill out by hand and deliver to their municipal clerk.

The service is available for voters to submit their requests; however, ballots will not be sent out until 30 to 45 days before the election. Once a voter has submitted a request using the online service, an automated email notification containing the information submitted and a confirmation number will be sent. When the request is processed and accepted by their municipal clerk, an additional status notification will be sent.

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