Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap sent out a press release today, reminding voters in Maine that October 31st is the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot for the November 5th election.

Except in special circumstances allowed by law, voters must request their absentee ballots by the close of business on the Thursday prior to an election. This includes requests to vote the ballot in the presence of the Municipal Clerk. After this deadline, a voter may request an absentee ballot only if he/she completes a Special Circumstances Application and indicates one of four allowable reasons to request an absentee ballot after deadline.

The deadline for returning voted absentee ballots has not changed, ballots can be returned until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 5, 2013