AUGUSTA – Absentee ballot requests are continuing to increase as Election Day approaches.
“We are having an increased interest in absentee voting this year,” said Kristen Muszynski, director of communications for the Department of the Secretary of State. “The secretary has been promoting it as a safe way to cast your ballot and avoiding the crowds at the polls on Election Day.”
Muszynski said the Secretary of State is estimating as high as 60% of Maine’s voters will vote absentee in the 2020 election.
“We have about 235,000 requests in so far,” Muszynski said. “The ballots are gonna start being sent out to those who have requested them starting in the next couple of weeks.”
According to Muszynski, there are multiple ways to request an absentee ballot.
“Folks can go ahead and request their ballot either directly with their municipal clerk, or they can use our online service, which is accessible right from our homepage, maine.gov/sos,” Muszynksi said.
Muszynski said voters should mail their absentee ballots at least seven days prior to the election, give them directly to their municipal clerks or submit them in drop boxes located in their cities or towns.
“One of the other things that’s very popular in Maine and has been for quite some time is voting in-person absentee, where you can just go into your town office ahead of election day, request and fill out and cast your absentee ballot right at that time, all in one transaction,” Muszynksi said.
The Secretary of State’s office has also launched a system on its website for voters to track their absentee ballots.
“It’s gonna give voters a lot of piece of mind,” Muszynski said. “They’re gonna be able to see when their application was accepted by their clerk, when the ballot’s actually issued, which means it’s on its way to you, and then that they have actually received it.”
Maine voters can request absentee ballots online through Oct. 29 or in person with their municipal clerks through 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 30.