National Voter Registration Day is September 22, 2020. If you are a U.S. citizen who will be at least 18 years old before the next federal election on November 3rd, you are eligible to vote.
This LibGuide is your one-stop shop for information about getting registered, requesting an absentee ballot, finding your polling place, and much more.
Get in touch with a USM Library Voting Ambassador with any questions about how to register or help out with the event by emailing:
Voting is one of the best ways to participate in our democracy and make sure your voice is heard. There are a few steps you will need to take in order to become a registered voter.
You can register to vote if:
You are a U.S. citizen
You will be over the age of 18 by
How to register:
Fill out a Voter Registration card
Photocopy your driver’s license or state ID. We can make a photocopy for you at any Library location.
Get a piece of utility mail showing your name and address (if you are registering for the first time).
You can fill out a digital version of the card at the link below, then print it for mailing.
Or, you can fill out a Voter Registration Card by hand on by:
Visit any of our 3 campus Libraries
Visit USM registration tables:
Brooks Student Center, Gorham campus
Woodbury Student Center, Portland campus
Lewiston Auburn campus
Fill out our Google form to request a Voter Registration packet be mailed to you
If you are a student living away from home, you can register at either your college residence hall address or your family's home address. If you are registering in a different state, make sure to check your state's requirements for registering.
Not sure if you're already registered? You can check using this tool from vote.org
Once your registration card is complete:
Place the card, the photocopy of your ID, and your utility mail in a secure envelope
Address envelope to the town clerk’s office in the town where you are registering
Put your envelope in the mail, or drop it off in person at your town clerk’s office
How to fill out the envelope:
Mail-in registration must reach your town clerk's office by
If you miss the deadline, don't worry. Maine allows voters to register in-person on election day at the polls.
Further information: Maine Voter Registration Data, Election Data, and Online Forms
Still have questions? Watch the Registering to Vote video from the Maine Secretary of State for more details, or ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you are registered to vote, you can cast your ballot either in-person or absentee. You may use any of the following methods to vote, but you may only vote once.
Maine allows for absentee voting, which is a method of voting that does not require you to physically go to the polls on election day. Any registered voter may request a ballot using the online form below:
You only need to request your absentee ballot once. Maine ballots are scheduled to be sent out to requestors in mid-October.
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is .
When your ballot arrives in the mail:
Fill it out with a black ink pen
Make sure to check both sides of the ballot, check for extra pages
Once you complete your ballot:
Seal all ballot papers inside the return envelope
Returning your ballot
You can return your absentee ballot by mail. USPS recommends mailing your absentee ballot no later than , one week before the election. More information about election mail can be found at the USPS site.
If you prefer to drop your absentee ballot off in person, you may do so by bringing it directly to your town clerk's office and placing it in the provided ballot box. The last day to drop your ballot off in person is Election Day,
You may choose instead to vote in person. If you are registering to vote in-person on election day, you may cast your ballot right after registering.
You can vote early in person from
Go in person to your town clerk’s office
Request a ballot and fill it out immediately
Drop your completed ballot in the office’s provided ballot box
Voting on Election Day
If you plan to cast your ballot at the polls on , make sure you know where you're supposed to go and come prepared with everything you need. Find your election day polling location using the Maine Voter Information Lookup Service.
What to bring:
Government ID and piece of utility mail showing your name and address (if this is your first time voting)
Face mask, hand sanitizer, and other PPE you might need to be safe
Still have questions? Watch the Casting Your Ballot and Absentee Voting videos from the Maine Secretary of State, or ask us at email@example.com
Researching the candidates that will appear on your ballot is a vital part of being an informed and responsible voter. Below are a few nonpartisan candidate guides to help you get started.
In November, Maine will become the first U.S. state to use Ranked-Choice voting in a federal election. Ranked-choice voting is a method of tabulating votes that allows voters to rank candidates by preference.
photo credit: Maine.gov
Learn more about Ranked-Choice voting, how it works, and what to expect on your ballot at the links below.