LEWISTON — Residents can register for absentee ballots, but they won’t be able to get them until later this week.

According to state rules, Maine cities and towns could begin issuing absentee ballots on Friday.

City Clerk Kathy Montejo said a train derailment somewhere between Georgia and Massachusetts last week has delayed the delivery of the city’s ballots. 

“So now, I am hoping they will be arriving here on Monday,” Montejo said.

In Lewiston and Auburn, voters can visit their city clerk’s office in person or online to register for an absentee ballot. The ballots must be returned to the city by the time polls close on Nov. 3.

All elected seats in both cities are up for election. Profiles of all of the candidates are available on www.SunJournal.com.

Montejo said a voting booth will be available near her office for people who want to come to City Hall and vote right away, once the ballots get to her office. A full early-voting area will be set up on the bottom floor of Lewiston City Hall between Oct. 26 and 29.

According to state law, Oct. 29 is the last day city clerks can issue absentee ballots. They can be returned to the polling places right up until polls close on Election Day.

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