Maine Election Information

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November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • October 5: First day of early in-person absentee voting
  • October 19: Deadline for receipt of a voter registration application submitted by mail or by a third person (e.g. applications made at a registration drive)
  • November 3: In-person voter registration deadline (Election Day registration)
  • October 29: Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • October 30: Last day of early in-person absentee voting
  • November 3: Deadline to return completed absentee ballot (8 pm)

Newly registered Maine voters, or registered voters who are not enrolled in any party, may enroll in the Republican or Democratic Party at any time, including the day of the primary or caucus, and be eligible to participate in that caucus or primary.

For more information, visit the Maine Secretary of State website.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Election Day, depending on location and population of the municipality. Contact your municipal clerk (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html) to find out when your polling place opens. All polls close by 8:00 pm.

Maine allows for in-person absentee voting, for any reason. You may vote absentee at your town clerk’s office as soon as absentee ballots are available, up until Election Day. Absentee ballots are available at least 30 days before Election Day.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the “Maine Voter Information Lookup Service” web page (http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php).

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines: There is no deadline for registering to vote in person at your town office. You can register to vote in person on Election Day at your polling place. If you want to register to vote by mail or through a third person, you must register before the close of business on the 21st day before the Election Day. For the 2020 General Election, this deadline is close of business on October 16, 2020.

How to Check Your Registration: Contact your municipal election official (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html) or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Maine, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Have established and maintain a fixed and principal home in Maine and in the municipality where you seek to register; and
  • Be at least 17 years old (and must be at least 18 years old on or before the Election Day to be eligible to vote).

There is no duration of residence requirement in Maine; you may register the first day that you move to the State.

How to Register: Maine residents may register in person and by mail.

In Person

There is no deadline for registration in person at your town office (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html).  You can register to vote on Election Day at your polling place.

It is also possible to register at any Motor Vehicle branch office, in most state and federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives around your community. However, applications to register through a third person must be received by the voter’s municipal registrar no later than close of business on the 21st day before the election. For the 2020 General Election, this date is close of business on October 16, 2020.

By mail

In order to register by mail, a voter registration card must be filled out and mailed to the voter’s municipal registrar (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html), or sent to the Secretary of State’s office in Augusta.  Voter registration cards submitted via mail must be received by the voter’s municipal registrar no later than close of business on the 21st day before the election. For the 2020 General Election, this date is close of business on October 16, 2020.

Identification Required for Registration:

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Maine, you’ll need to write down your Maine driver’s license, Maine State ID number or the last four digits of your social security number (if you don’t have a Maine driver’s license or Maine State ID) on your registration application.

If you are mailing your application, you will need to enclose a copy of your valid Maine driver’s license, valid Maine State ID, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or another government document, showing your current name and street address.

If you register to vote in-person, you must bring (1) your Maine driver’s license number, Maine State ID number or the last 4 digits of your social security number (if you don’t have a Maine driver’s license or Maine State ID); and (2) one of the following documents showing your current name and street address: valid Maine driver’s license; valid Maine State ID; a current utility bill; a bank statement; a paycheck; or another government document that includes your current name and street address.

If you do not bring both of these in on or before Election Day, your name will still be included in the list of registered voters, but you will only be permitted to cast a provisional (challenged) ballot. Challenged ballots are counted along with regular ballots. If the number of challenged ballots could affect the outcome of the vote (exceeding in number the difference between winning and losing candidates), then they are reviewed by the Maine election authorities. If the voter must take further action to verify his/her identity or residency, the voter will be contacted by the election authorities before a decision is made whether to count or not to count the challenged ballot.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Maine allows for in-person absentee voting. You may vote absentee at your town clerk’s office as soon as absentee ballots are available, up until Election Day. Absentee ballots are available at least 30 days before Election Day.  Note that, if you have not previously registered, you will need to register before casting your in-person absentee ballot.  You can register in person at your town clerk’s office at any time, including the same day that you are casting your in-person absentee ballot. For more information on absentee voting, please visit the Maine’s Secretary of State web page “Absentee Voting Guide” (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/absenteeguide.html).

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter can vote by absentee ballot.  You don’t have to have a specific reason to request your absentee ballot.

Rules and Deadlines:

  • Absentee ballots may be requested from 3 months before Election Day until the 3rd business day prior to the Election Day, unless special circumstances exist; and
  • If you request an absentee ballot by mail or online, make sure you leave enough time for the clerk to receive your request and mail a ballot back to you;
  • Absentee ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

* By Executive Order, voters can request an absentee ballot in person from their municipal clerk’s office up to and including election day for the July 14th primary election.

Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot

Getting a ballot is easy

In Person

You can go to your town clerk’s office (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html) and ask for a ballot in person.

By Mail

You can go to the Maine Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot request service (http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl) and submit a request online or print out a request form to mail or fax.  You can also call your town clerk (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html) and request a ballot over the phone.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If you are registered to vote before Election Day, you do not need ID at the polls. If you did not register to vote in advance, you will need to register at the polling place before voting, for which you will need driver’s license number, state ID number, or social security number, and proof of address.

VoteRiders has created Maine voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same Municipality

If you moved within the same municipality, you need to notify the registrar to change your address on the incoming voting list and in the central voter registration system. If you fail to notify the registrar before Election Day, you will need to ask the municipal registrar to change your address on the voting list on Election Day.

Moving Between Municipalities

If you moved to a different municipality, you need to re-register with the registrar of your new municipality.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Under federal law, if you are in the military or are an overseas voter, you can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes. The FPCA is also known as Standard Form 76. For more information and for a downloadable version of the FPCA, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Maine-specific page. (https://www.fvap.gov/maine).

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

Military and overseas citizens can receive their absentee ballots by mail, email/online or fax.  If you wish to use the email/online or fax option, you must indicate this in your FPCA.  Voted ballots must be returned by mail, email or fax to your election official. Contact information can be found in the “Local Election Offices” section of the Voting Assistance Guide on the FVAP website (https://www.fvap.gov/vao/vag/chapter2/maine).

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

If you requested your absentee ballot and haven’t received it from your State at least 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot. For more information and for a downloadable version of the FWAB, visit the FVAP Maine-specific page (https://www.fvap.gov/maine).

For further information, you can also visit the Maine Secretary of State’s “Uniformed Service & Overseas (UOCAVA) Voters” web page (http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/uocava.html).

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

A criminal conviction does not affect your eligibility to vote in Maine. You have the right to vote in an election even if you are still incarcerated.

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