Maine Election Information

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 Primary Election: June 10, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Maine Secretary of State website.

Other Important Election Information

Polls open between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Election Day, depending on location. Contact your town clerk to find out when your polling place opens. All polls close at 8:00 pm.

Maine allows for in-person absentee voting. You may vote absentee at your town clerk's office as soon as absentee ballots are available. Absentee ballots are available 30 to 45 days before Election Day.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Use Maine's E-Democracy website to find your polling place online.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Election: May 20, 2014 & Same-Day

2014 General Election: October 14, 2014 & Same-Day

You can register to vote at any time in Maine, including on Election Day. You can register in person at your town office or city hall during business hours on any day. If you want to mail in your registration application, you must do so by 21 days before the election.

Identification Required for Registration

If you are registering for the first time, you'll need to write down your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number on your registration application.

If you are mailing your application, you will need to enclose a copy of your valid driver's license or one of the following: a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck, or another government document that shows your name and address.

If you register in-person at your town office or city hall less than 20 days before Election Day, you must bring (1) your drivers license number or last 4 digits of your social security number; AND (2) one of the following that shows your name and address:  a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck, or another government document.  If you do not bring both of these in before Election Day, your name will still be put into the list of registered voters and you can cast a challenged ballot.

How to Check Registration

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Contact your County Elections Official

If You Want to Vote Early

Maine allows for in-person absentee voting. You may vote absentee at your town clerk's office as soon as absentee ballots are available. Absentee ballots are available 30 to 45 days before Election Day.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Anyone can vote by absentee ballot. You don't have to give a reason when you request your ballot.

Getting a ballot is easy.

  • You can go to this website and submit a request online or print out a request form to mail or fax.
  • You can call your town clerk and request a ballot over the phone.
  • You can go to your town clerk's office and ask for a ballot in person.

Rules and Deadlines:

  • If you request an absentee ballot by mail, make sure you leave enough time for the clerk to receive your request and mail a ballot back to you.
  • Absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8:00 PM on Election Day.

If you are registered to vote before Election Day, you do not need ID at the polls.

Register with your town clerk by any of the normal registration methods.

You can register at your new address as soon as you move .

Maine will be launching an online address change service soon. Check this website for updates and to use the service once it is launched.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Maine-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Maine-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Maine-specific FWAB page.

You have the right to vote in the election even if you are still incarcerated.

For more information, visit the Secretary of State website or the Maine E-Democracy page, or click here to read Maine Election Statutes.

FAQ

Manual

Voter Checklist

 

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities

For more information for student voters, visit the Maine Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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