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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Maine state voter registration application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Indicate whether you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Nov 8

Step 2 · Indicate your party affiliation

Steps 3–6 · Provide your full name, date of birth, residential address, and mailing address (if different)

Steps 7–8 · Indicate whether you were previously registered to vote, and if so, provide the city/town, county, and state where you were registered

Step 9 · (Optional) Provide your phone number

Step 10 · Provide your prior legal name, if it has changed since registering in Maine

Step 11 · If you’re a new Maine voter, provide your Maine driver’s license or state ID number

  • If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • If you have neither, write “none”

Step 12 · Sign and date the card

  • If you’re a new Maine voter, include a copy of your Maine driver’s license or state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address
  • If you don’t submit with your application, you’ll have to provide the first time you vote

3. Send the form.

Mail your completed form by Oct 18 to:

Maine Division of Elections
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101

For faster processing, mail your form to your municipal registrar


Check if you’re registered to vote

Call (207) 624-7650 or your registrar

1. Get the voter registration form.

You can get the voter registration form at any municipal clerk and registrar, Maine Department of the Secretary of State, Maine Bureau of Corporations Elections and Commissions, Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles, all Maine state agencies providing public assistance, Military recruitment offices, and public high schools.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Indicate whether you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Nov 8

Step 2 · Indicate your party affiliation

Steps 3–6 · Provide your full name, date of birth, residential address, and mailing address (if different)

Steps 7–8 · Indicate whether you were previously registered to vote, and if so, provide the city/town, county, and state where you were registered

Step 9 · Provide your phone number (optional)

Step 10 · Provide your prior legal name, if it has changed since registering in Maine

Step 11 · If you’re a new Maine voter, provide your Maine driver’s license or state ID number

  • If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • If you have neither, write “none”

Step 12 · Sign and date the card


3. Show proof of identity and residency.

You must show proof of identity and residency when registering in person.

To prove identity you can provide a:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Current US passport
  • Military ID
  • Driver’s license
  • State ID
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Signed Social Security card
  • Document confirming eligibility for public benefits
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows name and address

To prove residency, provide a document providing proof of your residential address. Examples include but not limited to:

  • Maine Driver’s license or state ID card showing your current residential address
  • A current income tax return showing your current residential address
  • A piece of mail showing your current residential address
  • A current resident hunting or fishing license showing your current residential address
  • Proof of the receipt of any public benefit conditioned upon residency
  • Other items that are up to the discretion of individual registrars, including a residency oath that you can take

4. Return the form
  • You may register at a state agency on or before Oct 9
  • Between Oct 10 and Oct 18, it’s recommended that you deliver your form to your registrar or Secretary of State’s Office, located at 101 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0101
  • You may register to vote on Election Day, Nov 8, by appearing in person before your registrar

Check if you’re registered to vote

Call (207) 624-7650 or your registrar

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Must have established and maintain a voting residence (a fixed and principal home) in the municipality where you’re registering
  • Be at least 17 years old at the time of registration
  • Be at least 18 years old by Nov 8
Mail
October 18

In Person
November 8

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 9–Nov 7

Bring an accepted form of ID


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls open between 6 AM–10 AM, depending on your location. All polls close at 8PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8PM.

Bring an accepted form of ID.


Who can vote early

Any registered voter in Maine can vote early in person.

 

Who can vote by mail

Any registered voter in Maine can vote early by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Fill out the absentee ballot application online (starting Aug 8) or contact your municipal clerk to have an application sent to you.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide your address

Step 3 · Provide the address where you want your ballot to be mailed (if different from Step 2)

Step 4 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Submit the form online by Nov 3 or mail it to your municipal clerk so it’s received no later than Nov 3


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Your completed ballot must be mailed to so it’s received at the address on the return envelope by 8 PM on Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot by calling the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (207) 624-7650
Absentee/mail ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 9–Nov 7

Bring an accepted form of ID


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls open between 6 AM–10 AM, depending on your location. All polls close at 8PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8PM.

Bring an accepted form of ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Maine. Call (207) 624-7650 or your registrar to check if you’re registered.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at an address in the municipality where you want to vote
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Maine, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person

If you’re voting for the first time in Maine; submitted your registration by mail; and didn’t provide a copy your Maine driver’s license, Maine state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these items to vote.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Maine, and you register to vote by mail, you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. If you forget, you’ll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot. If you never provide ID, you’ll vote a provisional ballot. Acceptable identification includes: a current and valid driver۪s license or other photo ID that shows your Maine address OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and Maine.
You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in Maine at least once. If you’re voting for the first time in Maine, and you did not include your ID with your voter registration form, you must include a copy with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable identification includes: a current and valid driver۪s license or other photo ID that shows your Maine address OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.