Absentee Voting

Absentee Ballot Application

CLICK HERE to view the Absentee Ballot Application for the School Budget Validation Referendum on Tuesday, June 8th.

Voting an Absentee Ballot at City Hall

Absentee ballots will become available in May. Voters may choose to have a ballot mailed to them, or to pick one up from City Hall. However, voters may not vote or return their ballots to City Hall until after City Council has adopted the School Budget. This vote is scheduled to take place on Monday May 17, 2021. Absentee ballots voted and returned to City Hall prior to City Council's final adoption of the School Budget must be rejected in accordance with State law. 

After City Council adopts the School Budget, voters may choose to vote an absentee ballot while visiting City Hall. 

Submission Deadline

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 4pm on Thursday, June 3rd. Absentee ballot requests submitted after this date may be accepted only if the voter qualifies under certain special circumstances. 

Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by 8pm on Election Day (Tuesday June 8th), coinciding with the close of the polls. 

Returning Your Ballot

Absentee ballots may be returned to the City Clerk's Office as follows: 

  • Secure Absentee Ballot Drop Box. Place the sealed ballot envelope in the secure official absentee ballot drop box located outside the front doors of City Hall (2 York Street). This box is checked multiple times a day throughout the election season.
  • City Clerk's Office. Deliver the sealed ballot envelope directly to the City Clerk's Office inside City Hall.
  • By mail. If returning your ballot by mail, we suggest mailing it no later than 1 week prior to the election, to ensure that it is received by 8pm on Election Day (Tuesday, June 8th).

Receiving Assistance from Another Person

If you require assistance in completing the Absentee Ballot Application, the Aide Certificate must be completed by whomever assisted you. 

If you require assistance in reading or marking the ballot, you may ask someone to aide you. In addition to the aide, one other person must be present as a witness. Before you mark your ballot, the witness must see that it is blank. While voting, you may not talk to anyone other than the aide. You, or your aide if you are unable, must sign the return envelope on the highlighted signature line. The aide must complete the “Aide Certificate” and the witness must complete the “Witness Certificate”, both located on the back of the envelope. 

Ballots Issued to a 3rd Person

At your request, your ballot may be issued to a 3rd person who is not a member of your immediate family, who may then carry the ballot to you. For this reason, you must mark your ballot in the presence of witnesses, even if you choose to return the ballot by yourself. Witnesses can be: one person who is a Notary Public, a Municipal Clerk, a Clerk of the Courts, OR two other persons. There must be no communication between the voter and the witnesses regarding the ballot races. Mark the ballot so it is not possible for the witnesses to see how the ballot is voted. The “Witness Certificate” must be completed and signed by the witnesses. 

Replacement Ballot

If you make a mistake when marking your ballot and need a replacement ballot, or if you have any questions, contact the City Clerk’s Election Hotline at 207-591-8116.