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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 may be cast by absentee ballot  (returned by mail, to your town clerk, or to a drop box at your town office, if available) or at the polls on Election Day. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, some polling places may change. For polling location updates, call your local election office.  

Who's on the ballot?

Maine Legislature

Every seat in the Maine Legislature will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

County offices

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.

LEGISLATIVE SCORECARDS

VOTER RESOURCES

TAKE ACTION

 

REGISTER TO VOTE. Register to vote in person at your town office any time, including at the polls on Election Day. To register by mail, download a voter registration form as a PDF or a Word doc and return it and all required documentation to your town clerk. Materials must be received by Oct. 19. Be sure to include an absentee ballot request form. Get a list of required documentation from the League of Women Voters of Maine.

 

MAKE A VOTING PLAN. You can vote by absentee ballot or at the polls on Nov. 3. To vote absentee, request a ballot NOW for yourself or a family member online or from your town clerk. Absentee ballots will be mailed in early October. Complete it, sign the back of the envelope, seal it, and return it ASAP by mail or to your clerk or a ballot drop box at your town office. Absentee ballots must be received by your town clerk by 8 pm on Nov. 3. Pay close attention to instructions and postage requirements. Unsigned absentee ballots will not be counted! Find more info in our Maine Votes 2020 FAQ, track your absentee ballot in the state’s new online tracker, and find your polling location HERE. 

 

VOLUNTEER. 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. Here is where your help is most needed:

 

    • Contact Maine voters.  Direct contact with voters is the best way to increase voter participation and we’ve got you covered with our new GOTV guide. Organized by county and updated weekly, the guide lists canvasses, phone and text banks in all 16 counties, hosted by a number of different groups. Visit our GOTV action guide and sign up to get out the vote now!
    • 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 for in-person absentee voting, early processing of absentee ballots, and at the polls on Election Day. Training is provided. Sign up here.
    • Volunteer with candidate campaigns. Progressives are locked in tight races around the state and need your help.
      • Volunteer for Democratic candidates for the Maine Senate and Maine House.
      • Volunteer for Green Independent Party candidates for Maine House
      • 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.

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
  • a resident in the town where you intend to register and vote

To register, complete a voter registration card and return it in person or by mail to your town office. New voters must provide ONE of the identity documents below to the town clerk or send a copy if registering by mail.

  • Government-issued ID: Valid Maine Driver’s License, U.S. passport, birth certificate, military identification, other valid photo ID, or a signed Social Security card
  • Other official documentation: Current utility bill, bank statement, lease, paycheck stub, or other government document that shows the voter’s current name and address.

NOTE: You only need to provide ONE item from the above list to register to vote in Maine. 

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. For the Nov. 3 election, mailed voter registration forms and documentation must be received by your town clerk by Oct. 19. You can register in person at your town office any time, including at the polls on Election Day. Find your town clerk HERE.

Find more information about registering to vote from the League of Women Voters of Maine

Check my voter registration?

To verify your voter registration information, call your local municipal election official.

Register online?

Maine does not have online voter registration.

Register by mail?

To register by mail download a voter registration form as a PDF or a Word doc (accessible to screen readers) and return it with a copy of one of the identity documents listed below by mail to your town clerk. For the Nov. 3 election, mailed voter registration forms and documentation must be received by your town clerk by Oct. 19. New voters must provide a copy of ONE of the identity documents below:

  • Government-issued ID: Valid Maine Driver’s License, U.S. passport, birth certificate, military identification, other valid photo ID, or a signed Social Security card
  • Other official documentation: Current utility bill, bank statement, lease, paycheck stub, or other government document that shows the voter’s current name and address.

NOTE: You only need to provide ONE item from the above list to register to vote in Maine. 

You can also register in person at your town office any time, including at the polls on Election Day. Find your town clerk’s address HEREFind more information about registering to vote from the League of Women Voters of Maine

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.

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.

Find resources for accessible voting?

Maine offers multiple ways for people with disabilities to cast their ballots, beginning with a new accessible absentee ballot, which launched online Oct. 2. Find more information about this service on the Maine Secretary of State website

Every polling location in Maine will have the Accessible Voting System (AVS), a ballot-marking device that allows individuals with disabilities to vote with privacy and independence. 

You can also find answers to other questions about voting access and rights for people with disabilities in this recent Portland Press Herald article.

If you have questions or concerns regarding voting access in Maine, visit Disability Rights Maine or call their voter hotline at 1-800-452-1948. 

Register voters?

If your group or organization would like to register voters, a representative must complete a Voter Registration Card Request Form. Read the state’s Voter Registration Card Distribution Policy. Contact the Secretary of State’s office for more information at 207-624-7736.