Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update:
– IN PERSON: Election Day
– BY MAIL: Received By October 13, 2020
Online registration not available.
Link to Application: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/votreg.html
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check and Update Registration Here:
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for advance mail ballot application: Must be received by October 31, 2020
We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here: https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl
Track Your Mail Ballot: https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/ballot-status.pl
Mail Ballots may be returned if your municipal/county has a drop box location. Contact your local election officials to find out if your municipal has one: https://www1.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: no later than november 3, 2020 8PM
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
Maine does not have the Surrender Rule. If you bring your absentee ballot to surrender at the polling place on Election Day, they will still make you vote with a provisional ballot.
4. Early voting information
- In-person voting is not available. However, in-person absentee voting is available 30 days before the election, or whenever absentee ballots are available for voters until 3 days prior to Election Day, unless the voter has a valid excuse.
- Early voting will be available at municipal clerks’ offices during regular business hours.
- To find election information based on your address as well as video tutorials and other voter information visit:https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/index.html
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.maine.gov/sos/ or contact Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions by phone 207.624.7736.
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 18 years old or over, and a registered voter in their county
Sign Up Here: https://www.voteinmaine.com/work/
6. Additional Questions?