Here in Maine, our voting laws make it easy to make a difference with your voice and your vote. There is no cut-off date for registering in person at your town office or city hall. You can register to vote until Election Day, and even register on Election Day right at your polling place!
Register as a Maine Democrat today. We are the party committed to expanding opportunity for all Maine people, and we believe we can do that by giving everyone a fair shot and removing the barriers that hold people back.
Remember, we are working not just for one election. We are building a movement to make government at every level work for the people.
Who can register and vote in Maine?
To register, you must be a United States citizen, at least 17 years of age, and have established a fixed principal home in Maine.
To vote in a Referendum or General Election, you must be registered in the community where you reside, and be at least 18 years of age. A 17 year old may vote in a Primary Election, if that person will be 18 by the General Election.
When is the next election?
The Maine Primary Election is on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Note that this election was scheduled for June 9 but has been delayed due to Covid-19.)
The next statewide General Election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Maine people will vote for President of the United States, along with elections for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and other state and local offices.
How do I register to vote?
You fill out a voter registration card at home, at your town office or city hall, through any Motor Vehicle branch office, in most state and federal social service agencies, or at a voter registration drive. See sample card and instructions.
Completed voter registration cards must be hand-delivered or mailed to your town office or city hall, or sent to the Secretary of State's Office in Augusta at the Division of Elections: #101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101. Maine does not have online voter registration.
Is there a deadline for registering?
If you want to register to vote by mail or through a voter registration drive, the cut-off date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election. For the July Legislative Primary, the deadline is Tuesday, June 23rd. For the General Election, the deadline is October 13th.
There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall.
What if I'm registered with another party, but want to register as a Democrat?
Registering as a Democrat is easy even if you're already registered with another party. Simply go to your town office or city hall and let the clerk know you would like to change parties. The clerk will give you a new registration card — check "Democrat" and submit the card to the clerk! The cut-off date is the close of business on the 15th day before the election. For the State Primary, the deadline is Friday, June 26th.
Where do I go to vote?
Every town and city has its own places where people vote, called voting places, polling places, polling locations, or simply "the polls". You can use the Maine Voter Information Lookup Service to find out where you vote. Voting places open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., depending on the population of the town. Local officials can give you the exact opening time for your community. All voting places close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
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.
Can I have help voting?
Yes. If you need help reading or marking the ballot, you may ask a relative or friend for assistance. The helper does not have to be a voter or old enough to vote. An election official can also help you read or mark a ballot. However, your employer or union official cannot help you vote.
Do I need to go to the polls on Election Day to vote?
No. Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person on Election Day.
You do not need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the voting place on Election Day to use an absentee ballot. You can request an absentee ballot online using the State of Maine Online Absentee Ballot Request Service.
You can also vote absentee in person at the clerk's office as soon as absentee ballots are available. Absentee ballots are available at least 30 days before the election at the municipal clerk's office. You don't need to complete an application if you vote absentee in person at the clerk's office.
Will you be voting in Maine from outside the country? Use the Vote From Abroad website as a resource!