Maine Voter Registration Information

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VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: You can register to vote until, and including, Election Day. There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall. If you want to register to vote by mail, the cut-off date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election.

Party Affiliation: Voters must check the box if they want to be a member of one of the three qualified political parties in Maine, in order to participate in party primaries, caucuses, conventions or other political party activities. Voters who check “Other qualifying party” (with or without writing a designation on the line provided) and voters who choose Unenrolled (no party choice) will be designated as “U” on the voting list and will not be eligible to vote in party primaries, caucuses and conventions, but can vote in other elections.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS 

Age: At least 18 years old by Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency:
Must be registered in the community where you reside

Felony Convictions: No disenfranchisement; felons can vote while serving their prison sentence.

ID Requirements: New Maine voters must provide an applicable ID number:
   -Maine driver's license or Maine State ID
   -Last four digits of your Social Security number
If the card is mailed, new Maine voters must include a photocopy of their Maine driver's license, utility bill, a bank statement , a paycheck stub or a government document that shows your name and address.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Maine does not offer online registration.

In person:
You can register to vote at:
   -your town office or city hall
   -through any Motor Vehicle branch office
   -in most state & federal social service agencies
   -or at voter registration drives

By fax: Contact 
your municipal registrar to learn about faxing options. 

Other Voter Registration Application Information: Completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered or mailed to your town office or city hall, or sent to the Secretary of State's Office in Augusta.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Phone: To verify your voter registration status, please contact your municipal elections office


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee: 
Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person at the voting place.

You do not need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the voting place on Election Day to use an absentee ballot. Call your town or city clerk for an application and assistance.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: You can request your own ballot electronically using the Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot request service. The approved online form can be found at the following web site: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

In person: You may obtain an absentee ballot by making the request in person at your nearest municipal clerk's office.

By mail: You can make a written request by completing an absentee ballot application. Additionally, you can obtain a ballot for an immediate family member in this same way. A ballot will be mailed to the voter directly or to an immediate family member making the request. Your municipal clerk can tell you who is considered an immediate family member under the law.

Military and overseas voting: 
Uniformed Service and Overseas voters will request an absentee ballot directly from the Secretary of State, Division of Elections. Maine uses the FPCA( Federal Post Card Application) for military and overseas voters. Fill out an application and request a ballot.

Emergency Voting: There is no cut off for voter registration. Absentee ballot requests are open until the 3rd business day before the election.

Other absentee ballot information: You may also make a telephone request for an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be requested until 3 business days before an election.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: To be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Fill out and deliver the ballot back to the municipal clerk, or to the Secretary of State, Division of Elections (if you are a Uniformed Service or Overseas voter).


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Maine differentiates early and absentee voting. However, Maine has only tested early voting pilot programs and has not put a permanent early voting system in place. See Maine's early voting page for more information.


QUALIFICATIONS

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Polling Place: 
Contact your county clerk to find your polling place.

ID Requirements:
If you are registered to vote in Maine, you do not need to show ID to get your ballot

How to Vote: Each ballot tells you how to mark your choices. If you have a question, ask an election official. If you make a mistake, fold your ballot and give it to an election official. The election official will give you another ballot.

Problems with voting: If you have any problems, or you are denied the right to vote, call the Elections Division immediately at 1-888-868-3763 or the Disability Right's Center at 1-800-452-1948. You can also visit 
Maine's HAVA overview site.