En español | Maine’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for governor and seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislature, among other state and local contests. The state's primary was June 14.
A redistricting plan signed into law last year may affect which candidates run in your district in 2022.
Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot and vote safely from home in the June primaries and in November’s general election.
Ballots can be requested starting three months before an election. You can request an absentee ballot online, by mail or in person.
An immediate family member can request and receive an application or ballot on your behalf by completing a written absentee ballot application. You can also designate a non-family member to pick up and deliver your ballot, provided you do so in writing and either a notary public, municipal clerk, clerk of courts, or two other people serve as witnesses.
If you submitted an absentee ballot request and haven’t received your ballot within three weeks of Election Day, contact your town clerk.
Election officials must receive completed ballots by 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 for the general election.
Use the state’s absentee ballot request portal to track the status of your absentee ballot.
Yes. Voters living with a vision impairment or a disability that prevents them from filling out a paper ballot can request an accessible electronic absentee ballot through Maine’s absentee ballot request portal.
People with disabilities who choose to vote in person on Election Day can use special equipment to assist the hearing, visually or physically impaired that is available at all polling sites. The secretary of state’s website has more information about resources available to people with disabilities.
Yes, you can vote early and in person by casting an absentee ballot at your local municipal clerk’s office. Absentee ballots will be available by Oct. 11 and can be cast early and in person until Nov. 3.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., with exact hours determined by your town’s population. Contact your local elections office for exact times or use the state’s voter information portal to find your polling place.
You’ll still be able to cast a ballot after 8 p.m., as long as you were in line before the polls closed.
Not if you’re a registered voter. But if you’re registering to vote on Election Day, you’ll be asked to show a current driver’s license, passport or other government-issued ID that confirms your name and address. You can also show a student ID card from a Maine public or private school or a utility bill that confirms your name and address, among other forms of acceptable identification.
If you don’t have an approved ID with you when you’re registering to vote on Election Day, you’ll be allowed to cast a challenged ballot, which will be counted as a regular ballot. If a race is close enough that challenged ballots affect the outcome, they’ll be sent to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court, which will decide whether they’re valid.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 15 with more information about how to vote in the general election. The guide was first published on July 27, 2020.
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