Request an Absentee Ballot
Voters may submit a request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them as early as August 10, 2022, using one of the following methods:
- Request Online - The State of Maine provides an online platform to request your absentee ballot, and to track the status of your request.
- Request by Phone - Westbrook residents may call the City Clerk's Office at 207-591-8116 to request an absentee ballot.
- Request by Mail - Complete this application and submit it to the City Clerk's Office to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You may also use this form if an immediate family members wishes to submit the ballot order on your behalf, or if you wish to designate a third person to pick up a ballot for you.
Voting an Absentee Ballot at City Hall
Absentee voting at City Hall is available beginning approximately 30 days before Election Day.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is close of business on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Absentee ballot requests submitted after this date may be accepted only if the voter qualifies under certain special circumstances.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by 8pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Election Day), coinciding with the close of the polls.
Returning Your Ballot
Absentee ballots may be returned to the City Clerk's Office as follows:
- Secure Absentee Ballot Drop Box. Place the sealed ballot envelope in the secure official absentee ballot drop box located outside the front doors of City Hall (2 York Street). This box is checked multiple times a day throughout the election season.
- City Clerk's Office. Deliver the sealed ballot envelope directly to the City Clerk's Office inside City Hall.
- By mail. If returning your ballot by mail, we suggest mailing it no later than 1 week prior to the election, to ensure that it is received by 8pm on Election Day.
Receiving Assistance from Another Person
If you require assistance in completing the Absentee Ballot Application, the Aide Certificate must be completed by whomever assisted you.
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.
Ballots Issued to a 3rd 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.
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.