We marched. We called.
We wrote. We rallied.
NOW WE VOTE.
Maine polls open in:
Register to Vote!
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must be at least 17 years of age (you must be at least 18 years of age by election day).
- You must have established and maintain a voting residence in the municipality (i.e. city, town, plantation or unorganized township) where you seek to register. Find more on residency requirements (including policies related to college students) on the Maine Secretary of State’s website.
- Maine has same-day voter registration, so there is no deadline to register in person.
Not registered? Download and complete a registration form and return it to your town registrar.
Not sure if you’re registered? Call your local registrar to find out.
Find out how incumbents voted and where candidates stand on issues important to you. Know of a voting guide or scorecard we should add? Email us.
- League of Women Voters of Maine 2018 General Election Voter Guide
- Maine Conservation Voters 2018 Scorecard
- Maine Women’s Lobby 2018 Legislative Report
- Maine People’s Alliance 2018 Legislative Scorecard
- ACLU Scorecard on Civil Rights
- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
- Disability Voters of Maine’s Disability Campaign Questionnaire
Do your part to increase voter turnout with these simple evidence-based suggestions, which studies suggest boost turnout by more than 50%.
- Be direct. Ask your friends and family, “Will you vote?”
- Make a plan. Ask them, “How are you getting to the polls?” or “Have you requested your absentee ballot yet?”
- Positive reinforcement. If friends seem disinterested in voting, ask them “You usually vote, don’t you?”
- Power in numbers. Name family and friends you know are voting. “I’ve talked to Mom, Dad, sister Jane, and neighbor Eli and they’re all voting. What about you?”
- Follow up. Tell friends “I’m looking forward to hearing how busy it was at your voting place!”
The last day to request an absentee ballot in Maine is Thursday, Nov. 1. All registered Maine voters can vote early by absentee ballot for any reason. You can request an absentee ballot online or get one from your town office. Absentee ballots can be completed in your town office (our version of in-person early voting) or returned by mail. Pay close attention to instructions and postage requirements. Absentee ballots must be received at your voting place by 8 pm Nov. 6.
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. Ranked choice voting will NOT be used in the governor’s race or Maine Legislature races. Learn more about how RCV works on the Maine Secretary of State website or from the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting.
There are many apps and websites to make voting easier (and, dare we say it, fun!). Here are some of our favorites:
- Turbovote: Sign up to receive info on polling places, upcoming elections, requesting absentee ballots, candidates, and more! There’s even an app you can download on your phone that will remind you when to vote!
- Vote Smart: A one-stop shopping site for voting records, ratings by groups such as the Planned Parenthood and NRA, campaign finances, public statements, and more.
- Vote with Me: This new mobile app syncs your personal address book (with your permission) with the voter database to find eligible voters from your contact list so you can help get your friends to the voting booth!
- OpenSecrets: Find out who is financing electeds, initiatives, lobbying groups, etc., with this powerful database run by the Center for Responsive Politics.
- Your Vote 2018: Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN)’s excellent run-down of candidates on the ballot this year, including links to candidate interviews and reports.
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 (GOTV). It’s so easy, even introverts are joining the fun. GOTV, is aimed at people who’ve indicated they are planning to vote for the candidates you support. Volunteers make sure voters know where to find their polling places and answer any final questions they may have.
Thousands of Mainers receive visits and calls during GOTV, which will be held Nov. 1-6. Volunteer drivers, door-knockers, and phone bankers are needed!
LATEST ELECTION NEWS
Independent Alan Caron drops out of governor’s race, endorses Janet Mills
Independent gubernatorial candidate Alan Caron has withdrawn from the governor’s race, and thrown his support by Democratic candidate Janet Mills, saying Mills is “the only one who can bring us forward.” Terry Hayes, the other Independent candidate, has said she will remain in the race. Read more.
Democrats have requested more absentee ballots so far
Nearly 100,000 Mainers had requested absentee ballots by the middle of last week, with 45% of requests coming from Democrats, 27% from Republicans, and 27% from unenrolled voters. Mainers have until Nov. 1 to request absentee ballots, but must be returned by 8 pm on election day, Nov. 6. Read more.
Republican lawmaker with felony conviction has hunted with guns
Rep. Jeffrey Pierce, R-Dresden, who was convicted of felony drug trafficking charges in 1983, has received firearm hunting permits from the state for years, in violation of a state law banning felons from possessing firearms. Pierce is running for re-election in District 53 against Democrat Alison Hepler. Read more.
Deadline to request absentee ballots Nov. 1
Maine allows all registered voters to vote by absentee ballot, for any reason. Absentee ballots must be requested by Nov. 1 and returned to your polling place by 8 pm on election day, Nov. 6. Request an absentee ballot now.
Moody Settled Sexual Discrimination Complaint in 2006
Republican nominee for governor Shawn Moody settled a sexual discrimination filed in 2006 with the Maine Human Rights Commission by a female employee who accused him of firing her because he did not think she was up to the job after giving birth to her son. Read more.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
A sampling of public forums, town halls, and debates with candidates scheduled in the coming week:
Monday, Oct. 29
- Allagash: Meet Jared Golden in Alagash, 6-7:30pm, at Two Rives Lunch at 75 Dickey Road.
- Newscenter Maine U.S. Senatorial Debate, 7 pm, featuring Sen. Angus King (I), Zak Ringelstein (D), and Eric Brakey (R). Watch live on WCSH-TV (Channel 6, Portland), WLBZ-TV (Channel 2, Bangor), or live stream on Newscenter Maine’s website.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
- Maine Public Broadcasting Senatorial Debate, 3-5pm, featuring Sen. Angus King (I), Zak Ringelstein (D), and Eric Brakey (R). Watch live on MPBN-TV (Channel 10 in Portland, Channel 12 in Bangor), listen live on MPBN radio, or live stream from the MPBN website.
- WGME Town Hall U.S. Senatorial Debate, 7 pm, featuring Sen. Angus King (I), Zak Ringelstein (D), and Eric Brakey (R). Watch live on WGME-TV (Channel 13, Portland) of live stream on their website.
- Brunswick: Democratic Candidates Post-Debate Reception, 4:30-9pm, at Quinby House at 250 Maine Street. Meet Zak Ringelstein, candidate for U.S. Senate, between 4:30-6pm, and Rep. Chellie Pingree, current U.S. House representative and candidate for District 1. Hosted by Quinby House.
Thursday, Nov. 1
- WMTW U.S. Senatorial Debate, 12 pm, featuring Sen. Angus King (I), Zak Ringelstein (D), and Eric Brakey (R). Watch live on WMTW-TV (Channel 8, Portland) or stream live on their website.
- WGME Gubernatorial Debate, 7 pm. Watch live on WGME-TV (Channel 13, Portland) or live stream on their website.
- Maine Public Broadcasting U.S. House District 1 Debate, 8pm, featuring Chellie Pingree (D), Mark Holbrook (R), Marty Grohman (I). Watch live on MPBN-TV (Channel 10 in Portland), listen live on MPBN radio, or live stream from the MPBN website.
Friday, Nov. 2
- Houlton: Sen. Angus King at Wired Cafe, 3:30-4:30 pm, at Wired Houlton at 23 Market Square. Hosted by Wired Houlton.
- Rumford: Final Push Supper, with Jared Golden and Janet Mills, 5-8 pm, at 129 Rumford Avenue. Hosted by Rumford Eagles.
Saturday, Nov. 3
- Gardiner: Beer Caucus with Shenna Bellows for State Senate, 7-11 pm, at 127 Cobbossee Road. Hosted by the Kennebec County Democrats.
MISS A DEBATE? WATCH THEM HERE
Gubernatorial forums and debates
- Oct. 3 WLOB Radio Gubernatorial Forum
- Oct. 4 Maine Coast Fisherman’s Gubernatorial Forum
- Oct. 4 MidMaine Chamber of Commerce Gubernatorial Debate
- Oct. 10 Portland Press Herald, UNE Gubernatorial Debate
- Oct. 17 Maine State Chamber of Commerce Gubernatorial Forum
- Oct. 21 Maine Women’s Lobby Forum on Women’s Economic Security
- Oct. 28 Maine Public Gubernatorial Debate
Congressional District 1 forums and debates
Congressional District 2 forums and debates
U.S. Senate forums and debates
Janet Mills (D)
Shawn Moody (R)
Alan Caron (I)
Terry Hayes (I)
Angus King (I; incumbent)
Zak Ringelstein (D)
Eric Brakey (R)
U.S. House CD1
Chellie Pingree (D; incumbent)
Mark Holbrook (R)
Marty Grohman (I)
U.S. House CD2
Bruce Poliquin (R; incumbent)
Jared Golden (D)
Tiffany Bond (I)
Will Hoar (I)
County and Local Offices
For a list of candidates for sherriff, county commissioner, and other local offices, visit the Maine Secretary of State website.
District 1 (York County)
- Bernard Broder (I)
- Kathryn Slattery (D)
District 2 (Cumberland County)
- John Gale (D)
- Randall Bates (R)
- Jonathan Sahrbeck (I)
District 3 (Oxford, Franklin, and Androscoggin counties)
- Andrew Robinson (D)
- Seth Carey (R)
District 4 (Kennebec and Somerset counties)
- Maeghan Maloney (D)
- Kevin Sullivan (R)
District 5 (Penobscot and Piscataquis counties)
- Joseph Belisle (D)
- Marianne Lynch (R)
District 6 (Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Waldo counties)
- Natasha Irving (D)
- Jonathan Liberman (R)
District 7 (Hancock and Washington counties)
- Steven Juskewitch (I)
- Matthew Foster (R)
District 8 (Aroostook County)
- Todd Collins (D; uncontested)
QUESTION 1: CITIZEN INITIATIVE
Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?
Learn more from Ballotpedia.
QUESTION 2: BOND ISSUE
Public Law 425
Do you favor a $30,000,000 bond issue to improve water quality, support the planning and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and assist homeowners whose homes are served by substandard or malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems?
Learn more from Ballotpedia.
QUESTION 3: BOND ISSUE
Public Law 467
Do you favor a $106,000,000 bond issue, including $101,000,000 for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities and equipment related to ports, piers, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and $5,000,000 for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings?
Learn more from Ballotpedia.
QUESTION 4: BOND ISSUE
Public Law 465, Part A
Do you favor a $49,000,000 bond issue to be matched by at least $49,000,000 in private and public funds to modernize and improve the facilities and infrastructure of Maine’s public universities in order to expand workforce development capacity and to attract and retain students to strengthen Maine’s economy and future workforce?
Learn more from Ballotpedia.
QUESTION 5: BOND ISSUE
Public Law 465, Part B
Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to improve educational programs by upgrading facilities at all 7 of Maine’s community colleges in order to provide Maine people with access to high-skill, low-cost technical and career education?
Learn more from Ballotpedia.
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 (if by mail, it must be received by Oct. 16). 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.
Request an absentee ballot?
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.
Get a ride to the polls?
A number of organizations will offer rides to the polls on election day for people who need them. More details to come closer to Nov. 6!
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.
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.
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.
While Maine does not have early voting, anyone can vote by absentee ballot, with no excuse needed. Requests for absentee ballots must be received by Nov. 1. Absentee ballots must be received by your municipal clerk by 8 pm on election day. Find more information on the Maine Secretary of State website.
Maine does not have online voter registration.
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.
If you are a resident of Maine attending college in another state, you may vote by absentee ballot.