Absentee Voting

Absentee Ballots

Absentee voting (also known as "early voting" or sometimes "vote by mail") is an option for Maine voters who wish to receive a ballot either by mail or at City Hall prior to Election Day. This option is commonly used by voters who are unable to visit the polls on Election Day and those who simply prefer the convenience of voting early or by mail. The City of Westbrook strongly encourages voters to consider voting absentee at the upcoming election, to reduce community spread of COVID-19. 

Voters may request an absentee ballot up to 3 months prior to an election. When the ballots arrive from the printer (approximately 30 days prior to an election), the City Clerk’s Office will mail ballots to all who submitted requests. At that point, voters will also have the option of voting an absentee ballot at City Hall.

Ordering a Ballot

There are several ways to order an absentee ballot:

  • ONLINE. Request an absentee ballot online by clicking here.
  • BY PHONE. Call the Westbrook Election Hotline at 207-591-8116.
  • BY MAIL. Complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form and mail it to City Clerk's Office, 2 York Street, Westbrook, ME 04092.
  • IN PERSON. Early voting will be available starting Monday October 5th. Please stop by City Hall from 7:30am-4:00pm Monday through Friday, with additional extended hours on Wednesdays until 6:00pm to early vote in person. City Hall will also be open the following Saturdays for early in-person absentee voting:
    • Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 8:00am-12:00pm
    • Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 8:00am-12:00pm
    • Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 8:00am-12:00pm
  • TRACK YOUR BALLOT. Track your absentee ballot request status through the Secretary of State's new tracking tool.

Marking Your Ballot:

The Municipal ballot is a single-sided ballot. The State ballot is a double-sided ballot. Federal candidate races are on one side and state/county candidates are on the other side. Mark your ballots using a blue or black ballpoint pen. Fill in the oval next to your candidate choice. Read the instructions carefully on the ballot for the ranking of federal candidates. Mark only one choice per column. Rank as many or as few candidates as you prefer. You do not have to rank all candidates – your ballot will be counted even if you only rank one candidate for office.

Returning Your Ballot:

Ballots must be returned by 8pm on Tuesday November 3rd. Return all ballots in the enclosed envelope. Sign the back flap of the return envelope on the highlighted signature line. If returning your ballot IN PERSON, deposit the ballot in the secure Official Drop Box located outside the front entrance of City Hall at 2 York Street, Westbrook. If returning your ballot BY MAIL, the Post Office suggests mailing it no later than October 26th to ensure it is received in time. Please affix $0.70 in postage (or two “Forever” stamps). 

Receiving Assistance from Another Person:

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. 

Ballot Handled by a Third 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 Ballots & Questions:

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. 

Submission Deadline

Your absentee ballot must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8pm on November 3rd (Election Day), coinciding with the close of the polls.