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Maine Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Maine

To register to vote in the State of Maine, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have established and maintain a residence in the municipality where the person intends to register to vote
  • Be at least 17 years of age (must be 18 years old to vote)

You can register to vote at your town office or city hall, through any Motor Vehicle branch office, in most state and federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives.

Completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered or mailed to your town office or city hall, or sent to the Secretary of State's Office in Augusta.

Learn more about Who Can Register To Vote In Maine?

How Do I Register To Vote in Maine

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING

No identification required at the poll

  • All voters who appear at a polling place are not required to show proof of identification

Where do I go to vote?

  • Every town and city has its own places where people vote - called voting places or "the polls". You can call your town office or city hall to find out where you vote, or use the online Voter Information Lookup service . Local officials can give you the exact opening time for your community.

If you’re not voting for the first time in Maine, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

If you’re voting for the first time in Maine; submitted your registration by mail; and didn’t provide a copy your

  • Maine driver’s license
  • Maine state ID card
  • or a current utility bill
  • bank statement
  • government check
  • paycheck
  • government document that shows your name and address when you registered

you may need to show one of these items to vote

How do I mark a ballot?

  • Each ballot tells you how to mark your choices. If you have a question, ask an election official. If you make a mistake, fold your ballot and give it to an election official. The election official will give you another ballot.

Learn more about Maine: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Maine

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries

Parties have statutory option of opening primaries to all voters. In addition to fifteen-day waiting period for change of affiliation for affiliated voters, voters can't change party affiliation again in the three months after a first change of affiliation

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Who Can Vote Absentee in Maine

Voting is one of the fundamental rights we have as citizens of this state and country. Everyone should make an effort to cast a ballot at each election.

Maine law makes it easy to cast an absentee ballot. You don't have to be out-of-town or have any other reason to take advantage of this easy way to vote at a time that is most convenient for you.

If you would like to vote by absentee ballot, please take a few moments to review the information below. Contact your local municipal clerk or the Elections Division if you have additional questions.

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What is absentee voting and how does it work?

  • Absentee voting allows you to cast a ballot without going to a voting place on Election Day.

Who may vote absentee?

  • Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person at a voting place on Election Day.
  • You don't need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the voting place on Election Day to receive an absentee ballot.

What are the steps to voting by absentee ballot?

  • 1. Complete an absentee ballot application to get a ballot; then,
  • 2. Fill out and deliver the ballot back to the municipal clerk, or to the Secretary of State, Division of Elections (if you are a Uniformed Service or Overseas voter).

When can I request a ballot?

  • Absentee ballots may be requested beginning 3 months before Election Day, and until the 3rd business day prior to the election, unless special circumstances exist. Make your request early to allow enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you.

Is there a deadline to request an absentee ballot?

  • For the November 3, 2015 Referendum Election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot, including a ballot voted in the presence of the clerk, is Thursday, October 29, 2015, unless the voter completes a special circumstances application, stating one of four allowable reasons for requesting an absentee ballot after this deadline. The four reasons are:
  • An unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on election day;
  • A physical disability,
  • An incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility.

This special circumstances application must be signed by the voter. This application can be obtained from your municipal clerk or from the Secretary of State.

Learn more about Absentee Voting

What If My Address Has Changed

Students

  • If you are a student, you have the right to register in the municipality in Maine where you attend school, provided you have established a voting residence there as defined in Maine’s election laws and explained above. You can establish a voting residence at your Maine school address if you have a present intention to remain at that address for the time being, whether that residence is a dorm, apartment, house or even a hotel. Maine law expressly provides that you will not gain or lose residency solely because of your presence in or absence from the state while attending school, and this provision may not be interpreted “to prevent a student at any institution of learning from qualifying as a voter” in the town “where the student resides while attending” that school. In other words, as a student, you must meet the same residency requirements as all other potential voters. You must first determine where you have established residency and then register to vote there. If you pay “out-of-state tuition” as a student at a Maine college or university, that does not preclude you from establishing residency in Maine for voting purposes. If you have established residency in another municipality or state, you may vote by absentee ballot in that state.
  • If you lived in Maine prior to attending school and you wish to establish or keep your voting residency in Maine at that location (e.g., at your parents’ home address)- you may do so as long as you have not already registered to vote in another state. Maine students may keep their voting residency even if they move out of the county, state, or country to attend school. The only way you will lose this residency is if you “abandon” it by asserting residency in a new state. If you have registered to vote in another state, you will have to re-qualify as a Maine resident by providing proof of residency before you can register.

Residency and Domicile

  • Maine courts have held that voting residency as defined in Maine’s election statutes is equivalent to the common law concept of domicile. Whereas “residence” typically refers to the location where you physically reside, domicile means something more. In order to establish domicile, you must intend to make a place your home, and not just physically live there.
  • Once you have established a fixed and principal home where you live, that home is assumed to be your domicile until you establish a new one. Changing your domicile usually requires action -- moving some place -- and intent -- intending for the new place to become your home. You may live in two different homes during different parts of the year, but as a matter of law you can have only one domicile and thus only one voting residence. Therefore, when you complete a voter registration application, you must provide an address where you were previously registered to vote (either within or outside of Maine), unless you are registering to vote for the first time.

Learn more about Movers/college students Voting

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When Is The Next Election?

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Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-8:00 PM

For municipalities with a population of 500 or more – the polls can open between 6:00 am and 10:00 a.m.
For municipalities with a population of less than 500 – the polls can open between 6:00 am and 10:00 am. Local officials can give you the exact opening time for your municipality. All voting places close at 8:00 pm on Election Day.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.maine.gov to Find election related information based on your home address. This information includes the location of your voting place, the candidates that will appear on your ballot and more. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

MAINE : Yes

You can register in person at the registrar's office at any time up to and including Election Day, as long as you show proof of identity and residence.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Maine state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

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