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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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Breaking and Analysis: (Another) Federal Court Strikes Restrictive WI Voting Rules
07/29/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 15:30
Excerpt: 

In a 119-page opinion, a federal district court has struck a host of WI voting rules, including certain voter id provisions, as unconstitutional. Among other things, the court has ordered that expired but otherwise valid student id cards will be valid for voting. ...

The judge’s remedy here sets up a clash with the approach of Judge Adelman in the other voting rights case, and the right remedy will have to be sorted out, likely by the 7th Circuit. On this point, the judge writes: “Judge Adelman’s injunction provides one type of safety net. But plaintiffs have not asked me to impose that solution, and I will not. The state has already issued an emergency rule under which those who are in the IDPP will get receipts valid for voting. Although that is not a complete or permanent solution, it blunts the harshest effects of the IDPP. I will also order the state to publicize that anyone who enters the IDPP will promptly get a receipt valid for voting. To address this problem over the longer term, I will order the state to reform the IDPP to meet certain standards, leaving it to the state to determine how best to cure its constitutional problems. I take this approach because it respects the state’s decision to have a strict voter ID law rather than an affidavit system. But Wisconsin may adopt a strict voter ID system only if that system has a well-functioning safety net, as both the Seventh Circuit and the Wisconsin Supreme Court have held.”

Federal judge refuses to stay Wisconsin voter ID order
07/29/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:15
Excerpt: 

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee issued a preliminary injunction this month allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.

State attorneys have filed notice that they'll appeal the order with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Adelman to stay the injunction until the appeal is resolved.

Adelman refused to grant the stay on Friday, saying the injunction doesn't block anyone from challenging a voter's identity and some safety net must exist to protect the rights of voters who lack photo ID.

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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 voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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Maine Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

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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