How do I apply for and receive an absentee ballot?
Contact the municipal clerk at 929-8552 Ext.18. You do not need to have or state a reason why you are requesting an absentee ballot, as long as you make your request four days BEFORE the election.
Uniformed Service and Overseas voters will request an absentee ballot directly from the Secretary of State, Division of Elections for State elections.
You may make a telephone request for your own absentee ballot, which will be mailed to the address you provide to the clerk. Or you may make a written request by completing an absentee ballot application. You can obtain an absentee ballot for an immediate family member by completing an absentee ballot request form. Your municipal clerk can tell you who is considered an immediate family member under the law.
NOTE: Any candidate listed on the ballot may not request absentee ballots for immediate family members.
Ballots obtained by the voter or an immediate family member do not require witnesses, unless the voter receives assistance from another person in reading or marking the ballot.
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available starting 3 months before the election from the municipal clerk. You may request a ballot, however absentee ballots will not actually be available ( mailed to you) until 30 days prior to the election. Overseas and UOCAVA voters will be issued ballots in a timely fashion directly through the State Elections Office.
The deadline to request absentee ballots is the third business day prior to any election unless you can meet the special circumstances requirement as specified in the law.( listed below)
For the June 13, 2017 Hollis Annual Town Meeting, State of Maine Special Referendum, SAD #6 Budget Validation Referendum the Special Circumstances dedline is June 08, 2017 at 4 P.M. After that tiem you must complete a Special Circumstance Absentee Ballot Request Form.
Under Maine Law The four reasons for special circumstance are
- An unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on election day;
- A physical disability;
- An inability to travel to the polls because the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct; or
- An incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility.
This special circumstances application must be signed by the voter and oath taken stating the reason for the request. This application can be obtained from The Hollis Town Clerk.
All absentee ballots must be returned by the close of the election by 8 P.M.. If you are returning your ballot on election day please return your ballot to the polls at Hollis Fire Station, 405 Plains Road, Hollis, ME 04042. Prior to election day all absentee ballots may be returned to the Hollis Town Clerk 's office during regular business hours.
For more information on Absentee Voting see the Maine.gov website elections at this website: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl