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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Voting Information for November 2, 2021 Election

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The City Clerk is reminding residents that in-person early absentee voting will end on October 28, 2021. The Clerk's Office will remain open until 7:00 PM on the 28th. To in-person absentee vote or request your absentee ballot, visit the Clifford Richardson Room, Room 24, City Hall. Please use the Myrtle St entrance. This is the last day to absentee vote in-person, unless you have an allowed special circumstance.

Special Circumstances Absentee Voting
The deadline to request an absentee ballot without a reason for the November 2, 2021 Referendum Election is the close of business on Thursday, October 28th, 2021. After this deadline, voters may request an absentee ballot by completing and signing a Special Circumstances Application. On the application the voter must indicate which of the four allowable reasons to request an absentee ballot after the deadline applies to them, as follows:

  1. Unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day; or
  2. Physical Disability; or
  3. Incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility; or
  4. Inability to travel to the polls if the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct.

Election Day Information 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 is Election Day. The City’s 11 polling locations will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Voters are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering when voting. 

Based on your residency, you must vote at your polling place. Same day voter registration is allowed at your polling location with proof of residency. 

Absentee ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 PM on Election Day. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Clerk’s Office in the Merrill Auditorium Lobby or the outside 24/7 official dropbox and not to your polling place

If you requested an absentee ballot, but now wish to vote in person on Election Day, you may do so as long as you have not returned your absentee ballot. 

Visit www.portlandmaine.gov/elections for more elections and voting information, including sample ballots.

Election Night Results Information
Unofficial results will be posted to the City's website at www.portlandmaine.gov as soon as they become available. The City will also share real-time updates via Twitter @CityPortland. 

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