An Act To Expand Access to Absentee Ballots
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §753-B, sub-§2, ¶B, as amended by PL 2011, c. 534, §17, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §753-B, sub-§2, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 399, §23, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §753-B, sub-§2, ¶D, as amended by PL 2011, c. 534, §18, is repealed.
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA §753-B, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2001, c. 310, §52, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA §753-B, sub-§8, as amended by PL 2011, c. 399, §24, is further amended to read:
This subsection does not apply to the display or distribution of any campaign advertising material on private property that is within 250 feet of the entrance to the building in which the clerk's office is located. For purposes of this section, "private property" includes privately owned property subject to a public right-of-way that is an easement right-of-way.
This subsection does not apply to campaign advertising material on automobiles traveling to and from the municipal office or parked on municipal property while the occupants are visiting the municipal office to conduct municipal business. It does not prohibit a person who is at the municipal office for the purpose of conducting municipal business or for absentee voting from wearing a campaign button when the longest dimension of the button does not exceed 3 inches.
This bill eliminates restrictions on the issuance of absentee ballots after the 3rd day before an election, removes deadlines for the return of an absentee ballot by a 3rd person and allows a voter to vote by absentee ballot until 8:00 p.m. on the day of any election.