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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 in person 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

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. Download a voter registration form as a PDF or a Word doc and return it and all required documentation by mail to your town clerk. And be sure to include an absentee ballot request form. You can also register to vote at your town office. Learn more from the Maine Secretary of State.

 

MAKE A VOTING PLAN. Mainers can vote by absentee ballot or in person on Nov. 3. To cast your vote early, request an absentee ballot NOW for yourself or a family member online, from your town clerk, or by completing and mailing this downloadable PDF. Absentee ballots will be mailed in early October and can be returned by mail, to your town office, or in a secure ballot drop box at your town office (if your town has one). Absentee ballots must be received by 8 pm on Nov. 3, but we urge you to return yours as soon as you receive it. Pay close attention to instructions and postage requirements. Unsigned absentee ballots will not be counted! You may also vote in person on Election Day. Learn more about absentee ballots from the Maine Secretary of State and find your polling location HERE. 

 

BE A POLL WORKER. A shortage of poll workers due to the pandemic could mean fewer polling locations, which could disenfranchise thousands of voters. If you are at least 18 years old, are registered to vote in Maine, and are not a candidate or a member of a candidate’s immediate family, you can be a poll worker in any town in the county in which you are registered or in any neighboring county. Learn more and sign up to be a poll worker 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 and make sure everyone who can vote is able to do so safely and easily. Here is where your help is most needed:

 

    • 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 (Maine’s version of early voting), early counting of absentee ballots, and on Election Day. 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
  • 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.

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 also 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.

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?

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.

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.

Request an absentee ballot?

Any registered Maine voter can vote by absentee ballot for any reason. Absentee ballots will be available in early October but you can request yours NOW for yourself or a family member either online or by calling your municipal clerk. Absentee ballots may be returned by mail, in person to your town clerk, or to a secure ballot drop box at your town office, if your town has one. Absentee ballots must be received at your polling place by 8 pm ET on Election Day, Nov. 3. 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! 

Vote early?

You can “vote early” in Maine by visiting your town office, requesting an absentee ballot, and completing it in the presence of the town clerk. Anyone can vote by absentee ballot, with no excuse needed. Absentee ballots will be available the first week of October. Call your town clerk for more information. The deadline for in-person absentee balloting is Oct. 29. 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.

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.