WATERVILLE — The deadline for most people wanting to vote absentee in the election is 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, according to City Clerk Patti Dubois.

After that date, only those with a special circumstance such as a physical disability, or those who unexpectedly must be away on Election Day, may vote by absentee ballot, she said.

Absentee ballots may be requested four ways: by calling 680-4211; writing to City Clerk, 1 Common St., Waterville, ME 04901; visiting the clerk’s office in person during regular business hours; or making the request online.

Voting for residents of all wards will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post 5, at 21 College Ave. That start time is an hour earlier than usual.

Also, Dubois said, anyone who wants to register to vote must do so in person and show proof of identification and residency. Proof of identification may be a driver’s license, a state ID, a passport or a birth certificate; proof of residency may be an item such as mail or a bill displaying the person’s name and Waterville address, she said.

City Hall will extend hours for voter registration and absentee voting on Nov. 1 and 2, with those hours extended until 7 p.m., according to Dubois.

New voters and those wanting to change their addresses may register at the polling place on Election Day or at City Hall during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., she said.

On Election Day, traffic will not be allowed to exit the American Legion parking lot onto College Avenue, according to Dubois.

“People are going to be entering the parking lot from College Avenue and Front Street, but to exit, they must use Front Street,” she said. “We will have people directing traffic in the parking lot to try to direct voters to the appropriate exit.”

The clerk’s office will post election results on the city’s website in two rounds, with the first round of results, tallied by voting machines, to be posted as soon as they are counted; and the second round, to include county probate judge results, which will be counted by hand, posted about an hour after the first round, according to Dubois.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17


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