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For Immediate Release
August 8, 2008
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Announces
New Website Simplifying Absentee Ballot Requests

Website creates “a one-stop source for absentee ballot request forms”


Augusta- “A hotly contested Presidential campaign, a US Senate seat up for grabs, and a host of local electoral contests are all expected to contribute to very strong voter turnout across Maine on Election Day November 4th,” says Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. “We’re excited about the potential for a record number of Mainers to cast a ballot this fall, and we’re working to make voting easy for everyone. This is why we have created a new way for people to request absentee ballots.”

“In Maine, a person doesn’t need a specific reason or be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day to receive an absentee ballot,” Dunlap explained. “As long as you are registered to vote, you can vote absentee. This new web page provides three ways to request an absentee ballot: you can fill out a request form online, print out and sign the completed form, and mail the signed form to your municipal clerk; or you can print a blank absentee ballot application form, fill it out by hand and mail the completed form to your municipal clerk. Additionally, there are currently over 50 municipalities who can accept electronically submitted absentee ballot requests. Whichever method works best for you, they are now all readily accessible on our website.” Dunlap concluded, “Our goal is simple: to give Mainers every opportunity to participate in the electoral process. This new website is an effective tool in achieving that goal.”

Municipalities will begin to distribute absentee ballots in late September. The absentee ballot request form is online here:

Additionally, a complete Absentee Voter Guide is also available online here: