State election officials offer tips to prevent absentee ballot from being rejected

Many Mainers are voting absentee for the first time this November, and it is important for voters to read the instructions carefully to prevent their ballot from being rejected.“The biggest rejection reason we tend to see is folks forget to sign the envelope,” Maine Secretary of State’s Office Communications Director Kristen Muszynski said.Muszynski recommends that voters sign their return envelope as soon as they get the absentee ballot.The Maine Secretary of State’s Office has an online portal where voters can request absentee ballots up until 5 p.m. Oct. 29.Mainers are also allowed to vote in the presence of their town or clerk duringThe state has also created a new ballot tracker that allows voters to track their ballot from start to finish.Inside the ballot are instructions from the voter’s city or town clerk. Voters should use blue or black ink to carefully fill in the ovals when voting.“If you’re making stray marks on your ballot, that could invalidate your ballot,” Muszynski said.Voters have several options to return their ballots. Ballots can be dropped off at a municipal drop box or at the clerk’s office.Ballots can also be mailed, but elections officials said ballots should be mailed back to them as soon as possible and at least one week from Election Day.Once the completed ballot is returned to the clerk’s office, the signature is cross checked with the one on file.“We have advised clerks this year, in particular because of the heightened interest of absentee, to be reaching out to voters so if they are seeing something that would be a cause for rejection, like forgot to sign it, or you made a stray mark. They are going to be reaching out to you,” Muszynski said.

Many Mainers are voting absentee for the first time this November, and it is important for voters to read the instructions carefully to prevent their ballot from being rejected.

“The biggest rejection reason we tend to see is folks forget to sign the envelope,” Maine Secretary of State’s Office Communications Director Kristen Muszynski said.

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Muszynski recommends that voters sign their return envelope as soon as they get the absentee ballot.

The Maine Secretary of State’s Office has an online portal where voters can request absentee ballots up until 5 p.m. Oct. 29.

Mainers are also allowed to vote in the presence of their town or clerk during

The state has also created a new ballot tracker that allows voters to track their ballot from start to finish.

Inside the ballot are instructions from the voter’s city or town clerk. Voters should use blue or black ink to carefully fill in the ovals when voting.

“If you’re making stray marks on your ballot, that could invalidate your ballot,” Muszynski said.

Voters have several options to return their ballots. Ballots can be dropped off at a municipal drop box or at the clerk’s office.

Ballots can also be mailed, but elections officials said ballots should be mailed back to them as soon as possible and at least one week from Election Day.

Once the completed ballot is returned to the clerk’s office, the signature is cross checked with the one on file.

“We have advised clerks this year, in particular because of the heightened interest of absentee, to be reaching out to voters so if they are seeing something that would be a cause for rejection, like forgot to sign it, or you made a stray mark. They are going to be reaching out to you,” Muszynski said.