An absentee voter is any registered voter who requests an absentee ballot prior to Election Day. The voter does not have to have a reason for voting by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are available approximately 30 days prior to the election.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot before any given election is 3 business days prior to Election Day by the close of business.
There are 5 ways to request an absentee ballot:
In-Person: Registered voters of Freeport may vote absentee in person at the Town Clerk’s Office during the hours of the Town Clerk: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. An application is not required if the voter votes in person. Residents who are not registered to vote may register to vote during these hours and request an absentee ballot at that time. Residents will be required to show identification and proof of residency to register to vote.
Telephone Request: Registered voters may call the Town Clerk at (207) 865-4743 Ext 123 to request an absentee ballot for themselves only. The Town Clerk will fill out an application for the voter and a ballot will be mailed directly to the voter.
Immediate Family: Requests for an absentee ballot for an immediate family member must be made at the Town Clerk's office, as these requests need to be made in writing on the application provided.
Electronically: Registered voters of Freeport may request an absentee ballot electronically through the Secretary of State's website. The Town Clerk checks this website once per day and processes requests accordingly. The voter will receive the ballot in the mail. This service is not available when there is a Municipal only ballot.
3rd Party: Registered voters of Freeport may fill out and sign an application to request a 3rd party to deliver their ballot to them. The Town Clerk will give the ballot to the 3rd person named on the application and that person will deliver the ballot to the voter. In this case, when the voter votes, the absentee ballot envelope must be signed by the voter and also signed by two witnesses, or one "special" witness (ie - a notary public, a municipal clerk, or clerk of courts).
If you have any questions, you may e-mail the Town Clerk or call 207-865-4743 ext. 123.