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Maine

In Maine, elections are overseen by the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions.

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS AND FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE:

https://www1.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php

 

REGISTERING TO VOTE IN Maine:

  • Same Day Registration is available. (ID that proves the applicants name and address is required.)

  • Otherwise, register by mail or in person at a town hall, motor vehicles office, social services agency, or voter registration drive. More information here.

    • NOTE: ID is required to register by mail. Voters must present or mail a copy of a Maine Driver’s License or other valid photo ID, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck stub or other government document that shows the voter’s current name and address.

  • Registration card must be received at least 21 days before the next election.

PRIMARY RULES:

  • Ranked-choice voting is used for the primaries, meaning all voters vote in the same primary and rank multiple choices instead of voting for simply one candidate. More information here. (It’s not that hard, we promise!)

 

WAYS TO VOTE:

  • In Person on Election Day

  • Early / Absentee (No excuse is required. Request a ballot and vote in person at your local municipal clerk’s office or by mail. Mailed applications are due the 3rd business day prior to the election. Request a ballot online here. Printable application form and more information available here.)

 

Know Before You Go:

  • ID is not required to vote (unless voter is registering at the polls).

  • Polling Hours: 6:00am - 8:00pm

  • Voters may cast a “challenged ballot” (same as a provisional ballot) if there is a problem with their registration.

  • Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions Hotline (207) 624-7736