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.
Want to learn more about voting in Maine in 2022? Visit voteinmaine.com for information on absentee voting, student voters, and more!
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 next statewide General Election will be held on November 8, 2022. Maine people will vote for Governor, US Congress, and other state and local offices. However, many municipalities hold elections for local offices at different times throughout the year - contact your local elections official for more information on the next election in your municipality.
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?
The cut-off date for submitting your registration forms via mail or third party (i.e. through a voter registration drive) is the close of business on the 15th day before the election. For the 2022 General Election, the deadline is October 18th.
There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall. You may even register at the polls on Election Day.
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 a primary election. Voters from all parties will see the same ballot in November for the General Election, so it is not necessary to register as a Democrat to vote for Democrats in November!
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, through Thursday 11/03/22. 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!