Town of Oxford

Oxford, Maine

Elections

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Elizabeth Olsen, Registrar of Voters

Absentee ballots will be available thirty days prior to the election. You may request a ballot up to ninety days prior to the election.

Absentee Voting Guide

Voting at Town Hall – A voter may cast his/her ballot at Town Hall during normal working hours (Monday – Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

No application is needed. The ballot is witnessed by the clerk, deputy or assistant.

Note: If the voter requests to take the absentee ballot, the voter may do so after completing an application. The voter returns the ballot by mail or in person to the clerk.

Telephone Request – A voter may request a ballot by telephone. The clerk completes an application. The clerk verifies the voter’s identity by confirming the voter’s residence and date of birth.

  • The clerk mails the ballot to the voter at the address listed on the request.
  • No witnesses are needed, unless the voter is assisted. If assisted, the aide and 1 other person signs as witness.
  • The voter returns the ballot by mail or in person to the clerk.

Absentee ballots are available approximately 30 days prior to the election. Only voters with special qualifying circumstances will be able to request an absentee ballot during the three day period immediately preceding election day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot, including a ballot voted in the presence of the clerk, is three business days prior to the election (in the Town of Oxford, this is usually close of business on the Thursday preceding the election) unless the voter completes a special circumstances application, stating one of four allowable reasons for requesting an absentee ballot after this deadline. The four reasons 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.

Electronic Absentee Ballot Request – Please NOTE: This is available for State Elections only. ***********  Absentee Ballot Request  ***********

Written Request by the Voter (Received by Mail, by Fax or In Person)

A voter may request a ballot by completing an application. The clerk mails the ballot to the voter at the address listed on the application, or gives the ballot to the voter, to take with the voter. No witnesses are needed unless the voter is assisted. If assisted, the aide and 1 other person signs as witness.

The voter returns the ballot by mail or in person to the clerk. Written Request by the Voter’s Immediate Family Member (Received by Mail, by Fax or In Person)

An immediate family member (spouse, parent, child, sister, brother, stepparent, stepchild, stepsister, stepbrother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, guardian, former guardian or domestic partner) of the voter may request a ballot on behalf of the voter. An application or written request must be completed by the immediate family member, with the relationship indicated on the application.

The clerk mails the ballot to the voter at the address listed on the application, or releases the ballot to the immediate family member.

The voter or immediate family member returns the ballot by mail or in person to the clerk. Immediate family member request is not considered a 3rd person ballot.

If the ballot is returned by another immediate family member, the other immediate family member must also sign the application indicating they returned the ballot. The family member must state his/her relationship to the voter.

Written Request by the Voter (Received by Mail, by Fax, or In Person)-3rd Person Designated

A voter only may request a ballot to be delivered by a 3rd person. The voter must request a 3rd person ballot, by completing an application or written request.

A 3rd person can not be a candidate or a member of a candidate’s immediate family.

The clerk releases the ballot to the 3rd person only named in the request.

Ballot must be witnessed by a notary public, a municipal clerk, a clerk of courts, or 2 other individuals. If assisted, the aide and 1 other person signs as witness.

The 3rd person returns the ballot in person to the clerk. The voter may return the ballot in person; however witnesses are still required if a 3rd person handles the ballot going out or coming back.

A 3rd person may have up to 5 absentee ballots for a municipality at one time.

For information on voter registration and absentee ballots for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens, please see the Secretary of State Bureau of Elections.

 

Voter Registration

 

Who can register and vote in Maine?                               
  • To register, you must be a United States citizen, at least 17 years of age, and live in Maine.
  • To vote, you must be registered in the community where you reside, and be at least 18 years of age.  Beginning in 2006 individuals age 17 are allowed to vote for candidates in June primary elections as long as they will be 18 by the November election of the same year.
How do I register to vote?
Come to the Town Office and fill out a voter registration card.  You can also register to vote on voting day at the polls prior to voting.  Proof of Identity and Oxford residency is required. Types of proof:

  • Maine state ID
  • Maine Driver’s License
  • Mail that is addressed and delivered to actual residence. Proof of a Post Office box is not considered to be proof of residency.  If the voter cannot provide proof of residency the voter may vote but the ballot will be considered a challenged ballot.
Where do I go to register?                                        
You can register to vote at the Town Office or through any Motor Vehicle branch office, in most state & federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives.

Completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered or mailed to the Town Office, or sent to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta.

Is there a deadline for registering?
No. It’s never too late to register to vote in Maine. You can register to vote until, and including, election day. There is a cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your Town Office, which is the Friday before the election. You may still register to vote at the polls on election day.
Where do I vote?
Voting takes place at the Public Safety Building at 701 Main Street, Oxford Maine