October 31, 2012
Contact: Megan Sanborn
(207) 626-8405

Secretary of State Charles E. Summers, Jr. Issues Reminder to Voters About Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Absentee Ballots must be requested by the close of business tomorrow, November 1, 2012 for the November 6, 2012 General Election


AUGUSTA, Maine – Secretary of State Charlie Summers would like to remind voters that the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot for the November 6, 2012 General Election, pursuant to Maine election law, is tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, 2012. Except in special circumstances allowed by law, voters must request their absentee ballots by the close of business on the Thursday prior to an election. This includes requests to vote the ballot in the presence of the Municipal Clerk.  After this deadline, a voter may request an absentee ballot only if the voter completes a Special Circumstances Application and indicates one of four allowable reasons to request an absentee ballot after this deadline. The special circumstances application must be signed by the voter. All absentee ballots must be submitted to the municipal clerk by 8:00 PM on Election Day.

The deadline for returning voted absentee ballots has not changed, ballots can be returned until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 6, 2012.  

For more information about absentee balloting, voter registration, and/or the upcoming General Election, please visit or call (207) 624-7650. The Online Absentee Ballot Request Service is available at: ?