Forms and Deadlines
By Mail: Received twenty-one (21) days before Election Day
In Person: No deadline to register at your town office or city hall
Currently, voters are NOT able to register to vote or update their information online.
Ask your state representatives to create online voter registration for all Maine voters.
Election Day Registration
Voters may register to vote at their polling place on Election Day.
Automatic Voter Registration was passed and will go into effect on January 1, 2022.
Can you pre-register?
Beginning on January 1, 2020, voters who are sixteen (16) and older may pre-register to vote and will automatically be added to the voter rolls at eighteen (18).
Have you moved?
For registered voters who have moved within the state of Maine but have not updated their voter registration information.
Voters can update their address at their registrar’s office on Election Day during the hours the polls are open. Voters will receive a certificate to take to the polling place associated with their new address.
Click HERE to find your Polling Place.
Address Confidentiality Program
Voters who are members of the ACP ("Safe at Home") may choose to keep their address confidential and use their ACP address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.
Maine is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which means all voters may apply for an absentee ballot in person at their Municipal Clerk's Office and vote that ballot at the same time.
See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.
Ask your state representatives to expand in-person early voting to all Maine voters.
Maine is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail.
See ABSENTEE VOTING for more information.
Ask your state representatives to expand vote-by-mail to all Maine voters.
Maine is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person (aka "early voting").
Received by the third business day (usually Thursday) before Election Day
EXCEPTION: Absentee ballots may be obtained after the deadline if there are "special circumstances".
Do you need voter ID?
First time voters who registered by mail and did not provide ID when registering will be asked to present a Maine Driver’s License or other valid photo ID, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck stub or other government document that shows the voter’s current name and address.
NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may have to vote a Challenged (aka "Provisional") Ballot. See Challenged Ballots for more info.
Voters may have to vote a Challenged (aka "Provisional") Ballot on Election Day if:
• the voter cannot provide the requested photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged
• (Primaries Only) they are registered with a particular party, but the roster shows them registered with another.
Polls can open anywhere between 6:00am and 10:00am, Eastern Time Zone
All polls cloase at 8:00pm, Eastern Time Zone
IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 8:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.
Primary Election Rules
Voters must affiliate with a party to vote on that party's primary ballot. Unaffliated voters can register with a party on the day of the Primary Election. Voters who wish to switch parties must switch at least fifteen (15) days before the Primary Election.
CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION DEADLINE
Fifteen (15) days before the Primary Election
Youth Vote in Primary?
YES. Registered voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before Election Day may vote in the preceding Primary Election.
Having a problem?
If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:
Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683
Students from out-of-state attending college in Maine, or students who already live in Maine but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:
For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:
Voters may register to vote and vote while incarcerated, or on probation or parole.
For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.
Have a disability?
Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.