National Voter Registration Day is September 20 2022. If you are a U.S. citizen who will be 18 years old by November 2, 2022, you are eligible to vote on Election Day November 8, 2022!
This LibGuide is your one-stop-shop for information about getting registered, understanding your Maine ballot, news about upcoming elections, and much more. Be sure to check back for more detailed information as we approach election season.
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Maine will hold a General Election on November 8th, 2022.
Per the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections, and Commissions:
The General Election is held nationally on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. In 2022, Maine voters will select their choice for Governor, Maine’s Representatives to Congress, members of the Maine Legislature, and certain county officers.
This section will be updated with ballot information as soon as it is made available.
It's important to research the issues yourself before going the the polls. Below are a few helpful nonpartisan links to help you get started.
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 November 2, 2021
Maine offers same-day voter registration. If you wish to register to vote on Election Day, bring a valid form of ID to and look for the registration table at your polling location.
Fillable Sample of Voter Registration Card
Instructions for filing out Maine Voter Registration Application
You might also choose to register before Election Day at your municipal clerk's office.
Find my municipal clerk's office
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.
Already registered? It's always worth double-checking using this quick, free tool at Vote.org:
Check My Registration Status
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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.
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.
Maine generally opens an early voting period in October. Check back for early voting dates for the 2022 General Election. You may go to your Municipal Clerk's office if you wish to vote early in person.
Voting on Election Day
If you plan to cast your ballot at the polls on November 8th, 2022, 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 during the pandemic
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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. You only need to request your absentee ballot once, and should place your requests at least 2 weeks in advance before Election Day. Registered voters may request a ballot using the online form below:
Returning your ballot
You can return your absentee ballot by mail. USPS recommends mailing your absentee ballot no later that 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, November 8th, 2022.
Maine absentee voting FAQ
Track my absentee ballot request
Instructions for Uniformed Service and Overseas Voters
Early Voting Guidelines for all 50 States