Voting in Maine

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This page has information relating to voting in Maine. For full information contact your state election agency.

Registration

Maine uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.

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

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. You can also register by mail. There is no deadline for voter registration if done in person. If registering by mail, the deadline is on the 21st day prior to the election.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of April 2014, Maine is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting on election day

According to Maine's "Voter Rights," registered voters in Maine are not required to show ID to get a ballot.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

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

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

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

Deadlines

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 p.m. on election day.[4]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Maine is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends the day before election day.[5]

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