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On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, Mainers will cast votes in races for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Maine Legislature, and county offices. Votes can be cast by absentee ballot or on election day. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, some polling places may change. For polling location updates, call your local election office.
Nov. 3 Ballot
The November ballot will include candidates for county-level offices around the state, including county commissioner, probate judge, register of probate, and sheriff. Learn more about what these officials do from the Maine County Commissioners Association. A list of all candidates will be posted here when it is available from the Maine Secretary of State.
Support clean elections in state races. Want to help reduce the influence of special interest groups in state election campaigns and support progressive candidates for the Maine Legislature? Maine’s Clean Elections Fund can help you do that! The Fund provides an equal and set amount of public funds to candidates who demonstrate grassroots support from their would-be constituents. To qualify, candidates must collect $5 qualifying contributions from voters and agree not to accept private donations or to spend more than they receive from the Clean Elections Fund. Make your $5 contribution to progressive candidates in your district HERE.
Register to vote. Did you know you can register to vote by mail? Just download a voter registration form as a PDF or a Word doc (accessible to screen readers) and return it and all required documentation by mail to your municipal clerk or to Secretary of State’s office: Division of Elections: #101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101. Request an absentee ballot at the same time by including an absentee ballot request form with your voter registration form. You can also register to vote at your town office. Due to COVID-19, some town offices have instituted special hours and procedures. Call your town office for details. Find your town office HERE. Get more information about registering to vote in our FAQ or from the Maine Secretary of State.
Tell officials to mail absentee ballots to all voters. Constituent-led volunteer groups like Suit Up Maine are working to advance a number of recommendations drafted by a dozen advocacy organizations to make voting safer during the covid-19 pandemic. (Read the recommendations here.) Among the most important is a push to mail absentee ballots with postage-paid return envelopes to every registered voter in Maine. The coalition recently presented Gov. Janet Mills with a petition signed by 2,300 Mainers in support of the the absentee ballot initiative and a request that safe in-person voting options be preserved. Call and write your state legislators, Gov. Mills, and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and urge them to take action now.
Tell senators to pass election funding. In March, Congress added $400 million to a stimulus package to help states prepare for elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount is far short of what elections officials say is needed to expand absentee voting or voting by mail and other measures to ensure the safety of voters and poll workers in November. In May, the House passed a stimulus package that includes $3.6 billion to bolster election security, as well as funds to support the U.S. Postal Service. The Senate has not taken up the bill. Contact Sen. Collins by email or call (202)224-2523. Contact Sen. King by email or call (202) 224-5344. Or, send them a letter via a League of Women Voters form.
Complete your 2020 Census. How is the Census related to elections? Census results are used to determine congressional representation and Maine’s legislative districts, as well as the amount of federal funding states receive for education, transportation, hospitals, fire departments, and vital programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, school lunches, and SNAP. Learn more about the Census in our call to action and complete yours online, by phone, or by mail.
The most important thing you can do this year is vote. The second most important thing you can do is help get out the vote and make sure everyone who can vote is able to do so safely and easily. Here is where your help is most needed:
- Call Maine voters. Direct contact with voters is the best way to increase voter participation. For the July 14 primary, organizations are doing that via phone banking. Several organizations we work are holding regular phone banks. Here’s how to sign up:
- Swing Left Maine holds a virtual phone bank every Sunday from 4-6 pm. Sign up here.
- Maine Democratic Party holds phone banks every day, and you pick the time. Sign up here.
- NextGen Maine holds phone banks that target young voters. Sign up here.
- Know of other phone banks we should add? Email us at email@example.com.
- Maine Voter Protection Team. The MDP Voter Protection Team is looking for volunteers to staff their voter protection hotline between now and November and to serve as poll observers on Election Day. Sign up here.
- Volunteer with candidate campaigns. Keeping, and possibly increasing, progressive majorities in the Maine House and Senate in every election is key to passing critical legislation on everything from health care to voting rights. But this year, there’s even more on the line. The next Maine Legislature will draw legislative districts for the coming decade, a process completed every 10 years using the most recent Census data. Progressives are locked in tight races around the state and need your help.
- Volunteer for Sara Gideon, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
- Volunteer for Lisa Savage, independent candidate for U.S. Senate.
- Volunteer for Jared Golden, Democratic incumbent for U.S. House.
- Volunteer for Democratic candidates for the Maine Senate and Maine House.
- Volunteer for Green Independent Party candidates for Maine House.
How do I...
Register to vote?
You may register to vote in Maine if you are:
- a U.S. citizen
- will be at least 18 years old by election day
- and have established a fixed principal home in Maine.
To register, complete a voter registration card and return it in person at your town office or by mail. You will need to provide a driver’s license, state ID, or the last 4 digits of your social security number, as well as proof of residency, such as a utility bill or lease. Find everything you need to register on the Maine Secretary of State’s website.
Check my voter registration?
To verify your voter registration information, call your local municipal election official.
Maine does not have online voter registration.
Register by mail?
You can download a voter registration form as a PDF or a Word doc (accessible to screen readers) from the Maine Secretary of State and return it and all required documentation by mail to your municipal clerk or to the Secretary of State’s office: Division of Elections: #101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101.
You may register to vote in person at your town office at any time, including on Election Day. Find your town office HERE. Get more information about registering to vote from the Maine Secretary of State.
Register if I am a college student?
Provided you meet the state’s residency requirements (which include dorms), Maine law allows students attending college in Maine to register and vote in the town where you attend college, even if you pay “out of state” tuition. Learn more from the Maine Voting Residence Fact Sheet.
Register on election day?
Maine has same-day registration, which means you can register to vote at your polling place on election day. You will need to bring ID and proof of residency in the town in which you are voting. Find more information on the Maine Secretary of State website.
Request an absentee ballot?
Any registered voter can vote by absentee ballot in Maine. Absentee ballot requests are accepted beginning 3 months before Election Day. However, absentee ballots must be received at your polling place by 8 pm ET on the day of the election. Pay close attention to instructions and postage requirements and be sure to sign the back of the ballot in the appropriate area! Your ballot will not be counted if it is not signed! When absentee ballots are available, you can request one for yourself or a family member online or by calling your municipal clerk.
Completing an absentee ballot in person at your town office before the election is Maine’s version of in-person early voting. Anyone can vote by absentee ballot, with no excuse needed. Requests for absentee ballots can be made as early as 3 months before the election, but must be received at your polling place by 8 pm on election day. Find more information on the Maine Secretary of State website.
Vote with Ranked Choice Voting?
Sometimes called “instant run-off voting,” ranked-choice voting (RCV) ensures that only candidates who win at least 50.1% of the vote are elected to office. RCV will ONLY be used in the U.S. Senate and House races. Voters will have ranked choice voting for the July 14 state and federal primaries. In November, RCV will be used for federal races but not state races . Learn more about how RCV works on the Maine Secretary of State website or from the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting.
Find my polling place?
Find your polling place, list of candidates you will vote on, and a list of your current elected officials in the Maine Voter Information Lookup Service. Note that because of covid-19, some poll locations may be closed due to a lack of poll workers. To verify your location, the safest bet is to call your Municipal Clerk.
Vote if I am living or stationed outside the U.S.?
Maine residents who are uniformed service members or who are currently living outside the U.S. may be allowed to vote in Maine’s elections if you meet certain criteria. Visit the Maine Secretary of State’s website for more information.
Vote if I have a felony conviction?
Maine does not disenfranchise voters due to felony convictions. Provided you meet the state’s voter registration requirements, you may register and vote in Maine even if you are currently serving out your sentence.
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