Maine Elections

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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Saturday, March 5 for Republicans; Sunday, March 6 for Democrats

2016 Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, June 14

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your local state party for more information.

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

There are NO voter registration deadlines. Voters may register on Election Day at their polling place.

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

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


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News

Nearly 2 months later, primary results in 20 North Carolina counties still being examined
05/04/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 14:15
Excerpt: 

Primary ballots in 20 North Carolina counties still are being examined nearly two months after the March 15 election vote to ensure a photo identification law enforced for the first time and other voting laws were implemented correctly.

State election officials said such audits are designed to promote statewide uniformity by county election officials and local precinct workers on how provisional ballots will be counted or handled in advance of the fall election. A smaller review occurred after the May 2014 primary. ...

Nearly 2,300 people who didn't present one of six forms of qualifying IDs required under the new voter ID mandate also cast provisional ballots. The ballots usually counted when the voter also filled out a form saying they faced obstacles to obtaining an ID. But some didn't. Strach said some counties are being asked to review those forms again to make sure their ballots weren't wrongly denied.

The first of two voter ID laws wins Missouri Senate approval
05/04/16 |
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 00:00
Excerpt: 

The legislation passed Tuesday would still allow people to cast ballots using a non-photo ID. Those voters would be required to sign a statement attesting to their identity under penalty of perjury. The statement would also inform the voters that they are required to get a government-issued photo ID and that the state will cover the cost of obtaining that ID, as well as the cost of gathering underlying documents needed to get it, such as a birth certificate.

Additionally, a local election authority would be permitted to take a photo of any voter who doesn’t present a photo ID, which would become part of that individual’s voter registration file. ...

A national study of the issue found only 10 alleged cases of in-person voter impersonation in the United States since 2000.

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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Maine Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Saturday, March 5 for Republicans; Sunday, March 6 for Democrats

2016 Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, June 14

Please note caucuses have specific rules. Contact your local state party for more information.

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

There are NO voter registration deadlines. Voters may register on Election Day at their polling place.

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

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

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.

You can find your polling place online.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines

There is no deadline for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall.  You can register to vote in person through Election Day. 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.

How to Check if You Are Registered

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Contact your County Elections Official.

How to Register

In-Person or by Mail

There is no deadline for in person voter registration at your town office or city hall.  You can register to vote on Election Day.

It is also possible to register at any Motor Vehicle branch office, in most state and federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives around your community.  However, the cut-off date for these registrations is the close of business on the 21st day before the election.

In order to register by mail, a voter registration card must be filled out and turned in to your town office or city hall, or sent to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta.  Voter registration cards submitted via mail or third parties must be received by your local registrar no later than close of business on the 21st day before the election.

Registration Eligibility

In order to register, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years of age as of election day; and
  • Have established a principal home in Maine.

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, but you will only be permitted to  cast a provisional (challenged) ballot.  You may need to provide additional identification or evidence of your eligibility to vote before your provisional (challenged) ballot is counted.

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 at least 30 days before Election Day.  Note that, if you have not previously registered, you will need to register before casting your in-person absentee ballot.  You can register in person at your town clerk’s office at any time, including the same day that you are casting your in-person absentee ballot.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter can vote by absentee ballot.  You don't have to give a reason when you request your ballot.  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 may be requested beginning 3 months before Election Day, and until the 3rd business day prior to the election, unless special circumstances exist; and
  • Absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8:00 PM on Election Day.

Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot

Getting a ballot is easy.

In Person

You can go to your town clerk's office and ask for a ballot in person.

By Mail or Online

You can go to this website and submit a request online or print out a request form to mail or fax.  You can also call your town clerk and request a ballot over the phone.

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

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 driver’s 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 but you will only be permitted to  cast a provisional (challenged) ballot.  You may need to provide additional identification or evidence of your eligibility to vote before your provisional (challenged) ballot is counted.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

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.

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 page to download the form.

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 click here to read the Maine Election Statutes.

**The materials below have not been updated since 2014**

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

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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