PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Towns and cities across the state have started absentee voting to allow people to get their decisions in before Election Day on Nov. 8.
Hundreds cast their vote at Portland City Hall Friday. A new law allows city clerks to start processing absentee votes the Saturday before the election.
"I think people like knowing that they have a little more time with it too, so if there's a long line on [Nov. 8] and they're rushed … if they get the ballot ahead of time or if they come in here, they can take a little more time and read the questions," said Jessica Grondin, communications director for the city of Portland.
Overcrowding was an issue during the Democratic caucus at Deering High School in early March. Thousands of voters waited in lines for hours.
"The presidential election is certainly our biggest turnout in the city," Grondin said. "Deering High is not going to have school that day, so that will take care of some of the parking issues, and staff has definitely made sure that it will be well-marked about where people are supposed to go to get into the school and vote."
Portland City Hall is the only location in Portland for absentee voting. Bangor City Hall is the only location in Bangor.
Portland City Hall will stay open late on Nov. 3, the last night of absentee voting. Bangor City Hall will keep its normal hours that day.
You can absentee vote in person, online or by mail.
Request and absentee ballot here.