Absentee Ballot Applications Available
All registered Maine voters can now apply for an absentee ballot for the November 2nd election. Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who have requested them when they arrive from the Secretary of State near the end of the month. Registered voters can request an absentee ballot by phone, fax, or in person at the City Clerk’s Office. The absentee ballot application is available online here.
College students interested in voting this election should consider applying for an absentee ballot before leaving the state. Parents visiting a college student may request a ballot in writing and bring it to their child at school. The ballot can be brought back with the parents after voting or returned by mail. Voters living overseas should make sure to return their ballots with enough time to ensure that they are received by the City Clerk by 8:00 PM on Election Day.
To receive an absentee ballot, you must be a registered voter. To register to vote in Portland, you must bring identification and something that shows a current Portland address to the City Clerk’s office. A driver’s license or state identification card with the current address meets both criteria; otherwise, a checkbook, car registration, or personal mail addressed to the applicant at the current address will suffice. On Election Day, Portland residents can register to vote at their polling place.
Polling places may have changed since voters last voted. To check the location of your polling place, click here.