Link to Secretary of State's Absentee Ballot Request Status service - Voters may check the status of their absentee ballots using this new service provided by the Secretary of State's Office. Note: Processing absentee ballots (requests and returns) take time. Election staff are working hard to issue ballots in a timely manner. Due to the heavy volume of absentee ballots, processing returns will also take time. The Absentee Ballot Request Status service will be updated as election clerks are able to provide the information.
Absentee Voting is encouraged. The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.
With the health concerns due to COVID-19, absentee voting is a very safe, convenient, secure, and reliable method of voting in Maine. Voters may request absentee ballots three different ways:
1. MAIL – Voters may return absentee ballots by mail. The return postage is $.55 (one first-class stamp) without the instructions. Do not return the instructions or additional postage is required ($.70). Please return allowing sufficient time for the postal service to deliver by Election Day.
2. DROP BOX – A drop box will be installed in the front of Town Hall. The red/white/blue drop box will be clearly marked. The drop box will be available until 5:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2 the day before the election. This drop box is for Cape Elizabeth voters only.
3. DROP OFF AT TOWN HALL - During Posted Hours.
To minimize interaction with others during this public health pandemic (COVID-19), returning absentee ballots by Mail or Drop Box is the preferred method. Voters are encouraged to return their absentee ballots as soon as possible.
Absentee ballot Drop-Off at Town Hall will be available during the following times listed below. Although Town Hall is closed to the public, election staff will greet voters at the south side door. The south side is adjacent to the village green being constructed next to town hall. Please make certain the envelope is signed and sealed. Please wear a mask.
Starting Tuesday, October 13 to Monday, November 2
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday
** In-person absentee balloting, prior to Election Day at Town Hall, will be conducted during the same times as the absentee ballot drop-off. Due to restrictions for public spaces only three voters may be inside of Town Hall at one time. Additional voters will be lined outside; parking is also limited. Anyone entering Town Hall is required to wear a mask.
** The last day to vote in-person at Town Hall is Friday, October 30 (8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Voting on Election Day will be held at the Cape Elizabeth High School gymnasium. Polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Per the Governor's Executive order no more than 50 people (voters and staff) (if social distancing allows) are allowed in the polling place at one time. Approximately 25 voters will be within the gym at one time. Approximately 30 voters may line up in the cafeteria waiting to enter the gym; additional voters will be lined outside. Anyone entering the schools is required to wear a mask.
To reduce exposure to staff and the public of COVID-19 and reduce crowding (at Town Hall and on Election Day), voters are encouraged to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them.