Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Maine

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Maine.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

In Maine, you can vote in person at your local elections office with an absentee ballot from the time that ballots are ready until 3 business days before the election. You'll request, fill out, and return your ballot during your visit.

How Vote By Mail Works in Maine

Voting by mail is a two step process in Maine. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received by mail or in person is November 2nd at 5 p.m.

  • You may request your ballot here.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your local elections office on or before November 7th at 8:00 p.m.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot to your local elections office so that it is received by November 7th. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after November 7th - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, sign the ballot envelope on the "voter signature line" on the outer flap of the envelope. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box

Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you. This person must return your ballot within two days of receiving it from you.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Your state offers ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. You can track your ballot here. Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return it, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. Bring your unused ballot and turn it in at your polling place.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Maine

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Maine First Time Voter Info