Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
In-person registration is available at a town office or city hall through Election Day.
Students have a decision about where to register to vote.
You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
The registration form requires you to put down your Maine driver’s license or state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
Eligible voters registering for the first time in Maine who submit their registration forms by mail must also include a copy of one of the following types of ID:
Maine-issued driver’s license or ID
Current utility bill, bank statement, or government document showing the voter’s name and address
Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot without an excuse.
For a paper application, contact your municipal clerk’s office.
Absentee ballot request forms must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday before Election Day.
Completed absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can return your absentee ballot by mail, in person at your municipal clerk’s office, or at a designated secure drop box. Please contact your municipal clerk’s office for drop box locations.
Voters with disabilities can receive, mark, and submit their absentee ballots electronically. For more information, visit: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/accessiblevoting.html.
Any registered voter 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 days before Election Day until the Thursday prior to Election Day. You can register in-person and vote early on the same 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 have the right to vote.
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.
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?
As a new resident of Maine, you may have to obtain a Maine driver’s license and update your car’s registration, regardless of whether you register to vote there. For more information, you may wish to contact the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles.