Where do I vote on Election Day?
Voting takes place at the Public Safety Building, 701 Main St., Oxford Maine
This location will be open from 8am to 8pm.
What are we voting on? For State Ballot information go to : https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html#state
Voters may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person. To minimize interaction with others during this public health pandemic (COVID-19), some voters may prefer voting by absentee ballot. Casting an absentee ballot is convenient and secure.
Due to COVID-19 the July 14, 2020 election absentee ballot laws have been modified. Absentee ballots may be requested in writing, by phone, online, or in person up to and including the day of the election, without specifying a reason. However, if you are asking to receive your ballot by mail, please request it early enough to allow for postal mail delivery time – both to receive it and return it (2-5 days each way).
- You can request an absentee ballot by calling your Municipal Clerk’s office at 539-4431
- You can request an absentee ballot online or by mail from the Secretary of State’s website: https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/online-form.pl
- Absentee ballot requests are being accepted right now. Printed ballots will be available by mid-June, and we will issue your ballot as soon as possible after that date.
- Ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day.
For additional information go to: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/absenteeguide.html
Elizabeth Olsen, Registrar of Voters
THE CURRENT JULY 14, 2020 ELECTION HAS AMENDED GUIDELINES FROM THE INFORMATION BELOW: PLEASE VISIT THE SECRETARY OF STATES SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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 at the Town Office – A voter may cast his/her ballot at the Town Office 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.). Until 3 days prior to Election.
No application is needed if you vote at that time. The ballot is witnessed by the clerk, deputy or assistant.
Note: If the voter requests to take the absentee ballot out of the office to vote, 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.
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.
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
Town Office Hours
Open for Business
Per Executive Order 56, the Selectmen voted on June 4th for all registrations that have expired during the COVID-19 pandemic to be due for re-registration on June 30, 2020.
Call us with any questions: 207-539-4431.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Oxford, Maine 04270
Our office will be closed on the following days
Jan 1 New Year's Day Wednesday
Jan 20 Martin Luther King Day Monday
Feb 17 Presidents' Day Monday
Apr 20 Patriots Day Monday
May 25 Memorial Day Monday
Jul 3 Independence Day Friday
Sep 7 Labor Day Monday
Oct 12 Columbus Day Monday
Nov 11 Veterans' Day Wednesday
Nov 26 Thanksgiving Thursday
Nov 27 Thanksgiving Friday
Dec 24 + 25 Christmas Thursday + Friday
All Days that Elections are held, March, June and November.
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P.O. Box 153
Oxford, Maine 04270