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Maine allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration, ballot request, and voting in primary and general elections for Federal and State offices, and issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote anytime
before an election.
Open Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
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Only the following blocks of the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation are required:
Block 1: Maine allows you to use this form for registration.
Block 2: Select the category that describes you.
Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle).
Block 4: Date of Birth.
Enter your Maine Driver's License number. If you do not
have a Maine Driver’s License, enter the last four digits of
your Social Security number. If you do not possess either of
these identification numbers, write “none” and the State
shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for
voter registration purposes.
Block 5: Recommended but not required. Provide your
contact information to allow the election official to follow
up if more information is required.
Block 6: If you are using this form to register and wish to
vote in primary elections, you must enter your political
party affiliation. If you are currently registered and want to
change your political party affiliation and have been
enrolled in the political party for at least three months, the
Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) must be received by
the election official no later than 15 days before the
election. If you are currently registered and have previously
declined to indicate a political party and you now want to
vote in a primary election, you must submit the FPCA to
the election official any time before the election.
Block 7: Complete street address of your Maine voting
residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your
address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block
9. This address must be within the municipality where you
claim legal voting residence.
Block 8: Enter your current mailing address.
Block 9: Provide any information that may assist the
election official in accepting this ballot or application.
Affirmation: Sign and date. No witness or notary required.
Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and seal.
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The postage-paid envelope may be used in the U.S. postal system which includes: all U.S. Military Post Offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates
If you choose to mail your back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, you must send it to:
Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions
Division of Elections
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
If you will be unable to return your voted ballot by mail by the deadline, contact the Maine Division of Elections by fax at 207-287-5428 or toll-free in the U.S. to 1-877-443-1302 to receive authorizaton and instructinos to submit the FWAB electronically. You may also use our toll-free fax service:
Inside the U.S.? Fax to:
1-800-368-8683 (703)-693-5527 DSN 223-5527
Outside the U.S.? Show me a list of toll-free fax numbers
Open Fax Coversheet
If you will be unable to return your voted ballot by mail by the deadline, contact the Maine Division of Elections at UOCAVA.CEC@maine.gov to receive authorizaton and instructinos to submit the FWAB electronically. You may also use our Electronic Transmission Service by sending the form as an attachment to email@example.com.
Open Fax/Email Coversheet
More Information on Maine's Absentee Voting Guidelines
Maine State Election website
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Last updated: 09.19.2013