Maine | Voting Guide

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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day, and in-person registration is available at a town office or city hall through Election Day.


2020

  • Presidential Primary Elections: March 3

  • Partisan Primary (Other Offices) Registration Deadline: May 22

  • Partisan Primary (Other Offices): June 9

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13 by mail. Register October 13th through Election Day at a town office or city hall only.

  • General Election: November 3

 
Official Election Websites
 
Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

The registration form requires you to put down your Maine driver’s license or state ID card number, or if you don’t have one of those, then the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. If the state is able to verify that information, then you will not need to show any other identification.


If you are registering for the first time and register by mail or voter registration drive, and those numbers cannot be verified, or if you are registering at the polls on Election Day, you will need to present, a copy of one of the following forms of identification, if voting by mail, or the original, if voting in person:

  • Government-issued photo ID, including a U.S. passport, military ID, driver’s license, or state ID;

  • Other government-issued ID without a photograph such as a certified copy of a birth certificate or a signed Social Security card; or

  • A utility bill, bank statement, a government paycheck, a paycheck, a document confirming eligibility for public benefits, or other government document with the voter’s name and address.

 
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

You do not have to show or submit an ID to vote.

 
Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php 

 
How Can I Vote?

2020

Deadline to request an absentee ballot electronically: October 29 at 5:00 pm


By Mail


Early In Person

  • Maine voters can vote early by filling out an absentee ballot in person at the municipal clerk’s office prior to Election Day.

  • Absentee ballots are generally available at a municipal clerk’s office 30 to 45 days before Election Day and are able to be cast in person up until the Thursday prior to an election. You can register in person and vote early on the same day.


Election Day

  • Voting sites will open between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., depending on your municipality, and will close at 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you must be allowed to vote. Please contact your municipal election officials for your municipality’s polling times. Find their contact information at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html

 
Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:


Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.


Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.


Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.


Will registering to vote in Maine affect my driver’s license or car registration?

Maybe. Registering to vote in Maine may have consequences for your driver’s license or car registration. If you drive a car in Maine, you are required to obtain a Maine driver’s license within thirty days of establishing residency in the state. If you are a resident of Maine and own a vehicle in the state, state law also requires you to register that vehicle in Maine.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Maine legal professional.

 

Last updated September 2020

Campus Vote Project is a project of Fair Elections Center

(202) 331-0114            info@campusvoteproject.org

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