Election and Town Meeting Information
November 7, 2017
Absentee ballots will be available beginning October 10th.
In addition to regular business hours, the Clerk's office will be open for Voter Registration and Absentee Voting at the following times:
- Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
- Thursday, November 2, 2017 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (the office opens at 8:00 a.m and will remain open until 7:30 p.m.)
Registering to Vote
The State of Maine allows residents to register to vote any time leading up to and including Election Day. Residents of Kennebunk may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office which is located on the second floor of the Town Hall.
Proof of residency and identity needs to be provided at the time of registering (one form could be a Maine driver’s license that would show a physical street location and not a PO Box mailing address).
Maine Voting Residence Fact Sheet can be found here.
Maine State Law permits absentee ballots to be cast at any election by any voter who properly requests a ballot through the Town Clerk’s Office and is a registered voter of the Town of Kennebunk. Absentee ballots become available from the Town Clerk’s Office 30 days prior to the election.
Kennebunk registered voters may request an absentee ballot at any time between 5 and 30 days before any election without a reason. The statewide deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is at the close of business on the Thursday before the Election Day. Voters needing to obtain an absentee ballot after this deadline may do so only if there are Special Circumstances.
There is a Special Circumstance absentee ballot request form provided by the State, used the last 3 days before the election, that will need to be signed by the voter or immediate family member acknowledging that they did not have any prior knowledge that they were going to be unable to get to the polls on Election Day and they will need to check off one of the following boxes on the form which qualifies for special circumstances:
I will be absent from my municipality of residence unexpectedly during the entire time the polls are open on election day;
I have a physical disability;
I am unable to leave my home or treatment facility due to incapacity or illness;
I am a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct and am unable to travel to the polls.
Request An Absentee Ballot
If you are already a registered voter in the Town of Kennebunk you may request an absentee ballot 5-30 days prior to an election in any one of the following ways:
Come and vote in person at the Town Clerk’s Office in a booth set up in the second floor lobby.
Request that a ballot be mailed to you by calling the Town Clerk's office. The voter themselves will need to request the ballot and be able to give us their date of birth. Remember to bring it back or mail it back BEFORE the close of the election at 8:00 pm.
An immediate family member (related) can come to the Town Clerk’s Office and pick up a ballot for a registered voter, which can be returned by the family member or returned by mail to the Clerk’s Office no later than the close of the election at 8:00 pm.
A (non-related) 3rd party person designated by the voter (by signing a form from the Clerk’s Office first, giving permission for that person to hand carry a ballot to you), may bring a ballot to you, the voter, and then the 3rd party person would return the voted ballot back to the Town Clerk’s Office. *NOTE: This method will require 3 trips to the Town Clerk’s Office by the designated individual:
The 1st trip would be to get the form to be signed by the voter that allows the designated (non-related) person to carry your ballot.
The 2nd trip would be to return the signed form to the Clerk and to bring the ballot to the voter.
The 3rd trip would be to return the voted ballot.