FAIRFIELD — Absentee voting begins Oct. 7, for the Nov. 8 election. The Town Clerks Office is open 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The office will also be open 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, for the purposes of voter registration and absentee voting.

There is now a three business day cut-off for absentee voting due to a new law the Legislature passed during its last session. Voters are no longer able to request an absentee ballot after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, unless the voter signs an affidavit swearing they cannot travel to the polls due to an unexpected physical disability or are going to be unexpectedly out of town on Election Day.

There are five ways to request an absentee ballot:

* Registered voters may vote absentee in person at the Town Office during office hours. Residents who are not registered can register during these hours and request an absentee ballot at that time. Identification and proof of residency is needed.

* Registered voters can call the town clerk at 453-7346 to request an absentee ballot for themselves only. The town clerk will fill out an application for the voter and a ballot will be mailed.

* Requests for an absentee ballot for an immediate family member must be made at the town clerk’s office, as these requests need to be made in writing on the application provided.

* Registered voters of Fairfield may request an absentee ballot electronically through maine.gov/cgi-bin/ online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

The Fairfield Town Clerk’s Office checks the website daily and processes requests accordingly. The voter will receive the ballot in the mail.

* Registered voters may fill out and sign an application to request a third party to deliver the ballot to them. The clerk will give the ballot to the third person named on the application and that person will deliver the ballot to the voter. In this case, when the voter votes, the absentee ballot envelope must be signed by the voter and signed by two witnesses, or one special witness.

Voting on Nov. 8 will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fairfield Community Center, 61 Water St., for residents of Fairfield, Hinckley and Shawmut.


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