Maine

Upcoming Elections

2022-05-24 – Registration Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Tue May 24, 2022

2022-06-09 – Ballot Request Deadline

Thu Jun 9, 2022 5:00PM EDT

2022-06-14 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Tue Jun 14, 2022

2022-06-14 – Registration Deadline (In-Person – Received by)

In-Person, Received by Tue Jun 14, 2022

Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Maine

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. Absentee ballots are available at least 30 days before Election Day.

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). 

Registering to Vote

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Maine if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Maine
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election

If incarcerated, you may request an absentee ballot.

You may preregister to vote in Maine

  • At the age of 17

You may vote in a primary at 17 if you will be 18 by the date of the General Election.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Early Voting & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • Phone
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
Maine State Primary Election

Ballot Request:

  • Thu Jun 9, 2022 5:00PM EDT

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Tue Jun 14, 2022

Early Voting:

  • Early Voting from Dates Vary by County. Contact Local Election Office. to Contact Local Election Office

If You Want to Vote Early

Maine allows for in-person absentee voting. 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;
  • Whether mailed or brought in person, absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Procedures to Request 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.

Procedure for Returning Absentee Ballot 

In Person

You may vote with an absentee ballot any time after the ballots are available (at least 30 days before the election). You can go in person to the municipal clerk’s office, and you do not need to apply in advance if you vote. The deadline, unless special circumstances exist, is the Thursday before the election. 

By Mail

If you plan to return your absentee ballot by USPS, to ensure that it is received by the municipal clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day it is advised that you request the ballot no later than 15 days before Election Day and mail the return ballot no later than 7 days prior to Election Day.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Maine you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Maine Driver’s License Number
  • Your Maine ID Number
  • Valid US Passport
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Public Assistance ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Valid Student ID from State School
  • Certified Copy of US Birth Certificate
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Valid Military ID

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in Maine, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Document showing Proof of Address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
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.

If You Are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

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).

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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