Maine Voter Registration Information

State

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; 17 yrs old to register

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Maine and of the municipality in which you intend to vote

Mental Competency: Patients in residential care facilities have the right to vote unless facility determines a need to restrict due to medical welfare, patient is adjudicated incompetent and finding not reversed, or other statute or rule restricts the right, but not solely on admission to a hospital or residential care facility.

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: Voter Registration Card

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 mail/ in writing: Mail in your completed
voter registration card to your municipal registrar or to the Division of Elections.

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

Online: Voter Information Lookup or download a request form.

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

Verifying Registration: Voter Information Lookup

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

Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Maine state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place:
Maine polling place list

ID Requirements: Without ID you can vote on a provisional ballot. ID requirements otherwise and for new Maine voters include the following:
   -Driver's license number;
   -Maine State ID number
   -Social Security number

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.
   - Optical scan
   - paper ballots

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.

Verifying provisional ballot status: All challenged ballots are initially counted in the same manner as regular ballots. No further determination is made on the challenge unless a recount occurs and it is determined that the challenged ballot could affect the outcome of the election. Therefore, all challenged ballots cast in districts where no recounts occur will have been counted. More information
here.

Verifying absentee ballot status:
Maine absentee ballot list