Voting in Maine

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Maine permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Maine does not, however, have a system for online voter registration. No form of identification is required at the polls to vote on Election Day in Maine.

For full information about voting in Maine, contact the state election agency.


Maine utilizes a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party in order to vote in the primary election.

To register to vote in Maine, you must be "a United States citizen, at least 17 years of age, and have established a fixed principal home in Maine."[1]

When and where

Voters can return completed registration cards in person or by mail to their town office or city hall, or register at any of these locations:[1]

  • town office or city hall
  • "any Motor Vehicle branch office"
  • "most state and federal social service agencies"
  • voter registration drives

There is no deadline for voter registration if done in person. If registering by mail, the deadline is 21 days prior to the election. If registering for the first time, the voter's driver's license number or Social Security number and a form of identification bearing the voter's name and address must be included with the completed card.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2015, Maine is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

A voter does not have to present identification unless he or she is registering on Election Day. In that case, the voter must present identification and proof of residence.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Maine, municipalities with a population of less than 500 open their polls between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., while municipalities with a population of 500 or more open their polls between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. All polls close at 8:00 p.m.[3]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Maine. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[4]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office no earlier than three months prior to the election and no later than the third business day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.[4]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Maine is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends the day before Election Day.[5]

Election policy ballot measures

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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Maine.

  1. Maine "Clean Elections" Initiative (2015)
  2. Maine Absentee Voting for Armed Forces, Absent Persons and Physically Incapacitated, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 6 (1951)
  3. Maine Biddeford Elections, Question No. 5 (1940)
  4. Maine Campaign Promises Initiative (2009)
  5. Maine Constitutional Amendment Voting, Question No. 2 (1913)
  6. Maine Constitutional Revision Election Amendment (1908)
  7. Maine Determining Election of Governor, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 7 (1964)
  8. Maine Direct Initiative and People's Veto, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1980)
  9. Maine Direct Primary, Question No. 4 (1911)
  10. Maine Direct Primary Repeal, Referendum Question (1927)
  11. Maine Division of Towns into Polling Places, Proposed Amendment No. 3 (1917)
  12. Maine Division of Towns into Polling Places, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1920)
  13. Maine Elections for Senate Vacancies, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (1964)
  14. Maine General Election Ballot Form, Direct Initiative Question (1972)
  15. Maine Gubernatorial Term Continuation, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1971)
  16. Maine House of Representatives Elections, Powers and Apportionment, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1963)
  17. Maine Legislative Candidate Residency Requirement, Question 13 (1987)
  18. Maine Military Service Voting Clarification, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 4 (1955)
  19. Maine Municipality Election Returns to Secretary of State, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 10 (1964)
  20. Maine November General Election, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1957)
  21. Maine Public Campaign Financing, Question 3 (1996)
  22. Maine Public Financing of Gubernatorial Campaigns, Question 1 (1989)
  23. Maine Ranked Choice Voting Initiative (2016)
  24. Maine Repeal Treasurer Term Limit, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1951)
  25. Maine Representatives Residency Requirements, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1981)
  26. Maine Same-Day Registration Veto Referendum, Question 1 (2011)
  27. Maine Senate Elections, Powers and Apportionment, Proposed Constitutional Amendment (1966)
  28. Maine Uniform Ballot Boxes, Question No. 1 (1912)
  29. Maine Voter Confidence Act (2008)
  30. Maine Voting Machines, Amendment No. 1 (1933)
  31. Maine Voting Machines, Amendment No. 3 (1935)

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