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It’s the last day to request absentee ballots ahead of Maine’s Tuesday election

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Susan Dauchand exits a voting booth after making her selections in the mid-term election in Mechanic Falls in this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Thursday is the last day for Mainers to request absentee ballots from their cities and towns — with some exceptions — ahead of the Tuesday election that brings presidential primaries and a people’s veto question on a new vaccine law.

Until the end of the day on Thursday, Maine voters can request absentee ballots from municipal clerks or vote in person by absentee ballot at their municipal offices, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office, which maintains a guide to absentee voting. Those ballots must be returned to local clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day, when polls close in Maine.

Some voters can apply for a ballot after the Thursday deadline citing up to four exemptions for people who will have an unexpected absence from their municipality on Election Day, have a physical disability, are unable to travel to polls because they live on islands or have an incapacity that results in the voters being unable to leave home or a medical facility.

Maine will vote Tuesday on major-party presidential candidates. President Donald Trump is unopposed on the Republican ballot with eight active candidates running for the Democratic nomination. Maine voters will also decide on a people’s veto effort that would strike down a new law that repealed nonmedical exemptions for school vaccine requirements.


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