Voting in Maine
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For full information about voting in Maine, contact your state election agency.
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."
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:
- 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.
As of March 2015, Maine is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
- 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.
- 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.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Maine. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- 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.
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Elections in Maine
- Maine elections, 2016
- Maine elections, 2015
- Maine elections, 2014
- Maine elections, 2013
- Maine elections, 2012
- Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "State of Maine Voter Guide," accessed June 10, 2014
- Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions, "Your Right to Vote in Maine," accessed June 10, 2014
- Maine.gov, "Elections FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
- Maine.gov, "Absentee Voting Guide," December 19, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Maine," accessed December 19, 2013
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