Voter Registration In Maine
Who Can Register In Maine
To register to vote in Maine, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of the municipality where you wish to register
- Be at least 16 years old
You must register to vote at least 21 days before the election you wish to vote in if registering by mail. There is no deadline to register in person.
Maine Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Maine but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your town office or city hall any day, including during the early voting period and on Election Day.
You can pre-register to vote in Maine when you turn 16.
Voting Rights Restoration
Maine doesn’t revoke the right to vote during or after incarceration.
Voting In Maine
Where To Vote In Maine
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Maine.
To request an absentee ballot in Maine, apply online or contact your municipal clerk by phone or through a written request. The paper version of the application must include your original, non-digital signature.
To return your Maine absentee ballot, you may drop it off or mail it back to your local elections office.
If the ballot is delivered or returned by a third party other than an immediate family member, the ballot must be marked in the presence of a notary public, clerk of a municipality or clerk or courts, or two other individuals. Before marking the ballot, the voter must allow the witness or witnesses to examine the ballot. In addition, a voter who is unable to read or mark the ballot because of a physical disability, illiteracy, or religious faith must mark the ballot in the presence of a notary public, clerk of a municipality, clerk or courts, or another individual.
Early Voting In Maine
Maine offers in-person absentee voting and no excuse is needed. In-person absentee voting begins 30 days before the election and ends Thursday before the election.
Primary Elections In Maine
In presidential, state, and congressional primaries, voters must affiliate with a party to vote in their primary, but unaffiliated voters may affiliate with a party on election day. Affiliated voters wishing to update their affiliation must do so at least 15 days before an election. You can update your affiliation 3 months after the date of your last party change. 17-year-olds can in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Maine
Additional Maine Resources
Your State Election Official
Maine Secretary of State
Phone number: 207.626.8400