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:
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that provides free election information for every state in the U.S. Below you will find a PDF guide to voting in Maine, including instructions for registration & ballot instructions and a candidate guide.
If you have more questions about voting, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text their hotline at 207 558-3333.
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.
PLEASE NOTE! The window of time for mail-in registration has passed. However, you may still register in person either at your municipal clerk's office before election day, or at the polls on election day. Make sure to bring a photo ID and a piece of mail showing your Maine address when you go to register.
You can register to vote if:
You are a U.S. citizen
You will be over the age of 18 by
If you are going to register in person before Election Day:
If you are going to register at the polls on Election Day:
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.