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Posted on: September 30, 2020

Early In-Person Absentee Voting to Begin October 5 in Portland


Beginning Monday, October 5, people wishing to vote absentee in-person can do so in the City Clerk’s temporary office space in the Merrill Auditorium lobby via the Myrtle Street entrance. Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The Clerk’s Office will offer late hours until 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 15 and 22, for ballot returns only. On Thursday, October 29, the City Clerk's office will remain open until 7:00 PM for voter registration and in-person absentee voting. The last day to in-person absentee vote is Friday, October 30, 2020.  Please wear a mask when in-person voting. 

Election Day this year is Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and all polling places will be open on that day from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Polling locations will look different in light of COVID-19 safety measures. This means that booths will be spread out, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be plentiful, and election workers will have plexiglass barriers, face shields, and masks. Voters are encouraged to wear a mask or cloth face covering when voting.

If you have already requested your absentee ballot, ballots will begin going out in the mail on October 5. Ballots can be returned via mail or by dropping them off in the ballot box that is inside the Merrill Auditorium Lobby during business hours. Ballots must be returned by 8:00 PM on Election Day. You must return absentee ballots via mail or to the Merrill Auditorium Lobby and not to your normal polling place. 

You can check the status of your absentee ballot request by using the Secretary of State’s new tracking system

If you have requested an absentee ballot and you have now decided that you want to vote in person, please bring your ballots with you. If you no longer wish to absentee vote, then you can vote at your polling place on Election Day as long as you have not returned your absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots can be requested online, by mail, or by calling 207-874-8677.  

Important Voting Information

To learn how to register to vote, visit the City’s Elections & Voting page

Same day voter registration is allowed at your polling place on Election Day. Citizens must provide proof of identity and residency.

Look up your polling place here. Your ward equals your Council district. 

List of Portland polling locations.  

View the sample municipal election ballot

To view the Portland referendum ballot questions (Questions A-F), click here. 

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