Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.
Register to vote in Maine, or learn more about voter ID & rights.
Maine voters have options for voter registration! You can register to vote by mail through Oct. 19th, or in-person on Election Day. If you would prefer to vote by mail, you must submit an application Oct. 29th, no excuse required.
Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.
The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.
Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Maine:
Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.
Your state has a "received by" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.
Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.
By party rules, only registered voters affiliated with a particular party may vote in its state primary. Please see Maine’s Democratic Party and Republican Party websites for details.
In 2020, Maine transitioned from holding a caucus to a primary system presidential preference elections. In order to participate, existing Maine voters who have previously been registered with another party must make sure they are affiliated with their party of choice fifteen days before the election.
New voters and those previously unaffiliated may register to vote and declare their party up to the election day, including in person at the polling location.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
thEarly Voting Dates: Oct. 12th-29th
You can vote in-person at your municipal clerk’s office from Oct. 12th-29th for the general election, using an absentee ballot. No excuse required.
To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 29th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day.
The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens 90 days before the election. You must submit an application for each election.