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Frequently Asked Questions

You may have questions about voting, so check out some answers to frequently asked questions. Still need answers? Please call or text us at (207) 990-0788 OR send us an email to [email protected]. You can also submit your question directly here.

Who can vote?

If you are an American citizen, reside in Maine, and will be eighteen or older on or before November 3, 2020, you are eligible to vote. All you have to do is register and cast your ballot!

When will I receive my absentee ballot?

Ballots start being sent the first week of October. If you have any concerns about receiving your ballot, contact your municipal clerk directly. Do not submit more than one request for your ballot.

After you submit your absentee ballot request, you should receive a confirmation email to the email address listed on your application. If you’ve already submitted an absentee ballot request, you can track the status of your ballot here: votemaine.com/status.

What do I need to register to vote?

If you are a new Maine voter, you must prove your identity and your residency. To prove identity, you can use many different documents:

• Government-issued photo identification, such as driver’s license, state ID, or passport
• Other government-issued identification, such as a Social Security Card or birth certificate
• Other official documents such as a bank statement, utility bill, or government benefit check

If the document you use to prove identity already includes your Maine address, it will prove your residency as well!

If it doesn’t include your current Maine address, you’ll need to also share a document that shows your current address, such as a lease, utility bill, tax document, car registration, or something else. Alternatively, you can ask the clerk to allow you to prove your address by signing a sworn statement that you live at the address on your registration.

Do I need a photo ID to register?

No. You do not need a photo ID to register or vote in Maine. You do need one of the following: 

  • Government-issued photo identification, such as driver’s license, state ID, or passport
  • Other government-issued identification, such as a Social Security Card or birth certificate
  • Other official documents such as a bank statement, utility bill, or government benefit check

Do I need a photo ID to vote?

No! You don’t need any identification to vote, once you’re registered.

I’m homeless, can I still register and vote?

Yes! Every American citizen who is 18 years old is eligible to vote, and no one may be disenfranchised because they do not have a home. You can register using a location where you usually reside, whether this is a shelter or somewhere that doesn’t have an address, like in a park or on a street. If you do not have an address, write a description of your location in the voting address box. Ask the clerk to let you sign an oath to where you reside.

How does ranked-choice voting work?

How do I fill out my ballot?

Each ballot explains how to mark your choices. If you have a question, ask an election official before you mark your ballot. If you make a mistake, fold your ballot, give it to an election official, and ask for a replacement ballot. The election official will give you a new one. After you fill out your ballot, you’ll enter it into a ballot scanner. Don’t worry—your paper ballot will be preserved as a back-up record of your vote. And remember: though there will be a record that you voted, how you voted will forever be completely secret.

Can I have help voting?

Yes. If you need help reading or marking the ballot, you may ask a relative or friend for assistance. The helper does not have to be a voter or old enough to vote. An election official can also help you read or mark a ballot. However, your employer or union official cannot help you vote.

When is my polling place open?

When your polling place opens varies depending on your municipality—some open as early as 6am while others open as late as 10am. Polls close throughout Maine at 8pm on Election Day. Note that if you are in line to vote at 8pm, you must be allowed to vote. Even if 8pm comes and you’re still waiting, don’t go home before you vote!

Are polling places accessible?

All polling places should be accessible to those with disabilities.If you’re able to call your town office, city hall, or the Secretary of State ahead of time to confirm the accessibility of your designated polling place, that may be helpful. And, any voter can choose to vote absentee ahead of time—in person or by mail—if they would prefer not to visit their polling place in person on Election Day.

What if I go to the wrong polling place?

If it turns out you’re at the wrong polling place, the poll workers at the site will help you identify where you should go. If it’s too late to go to your designated polling place before the polls close, ask to fill out a “challenged” ballot, which is for voters who aren’t on the rolls. In Maine, challenged ballots are automatically counted unless the election is so close that challenged ballots are the deciding factor. In that case, challenged ballots are reviewed more closely and you’ll have a chance to ensure yours is included before results are finalized.

Still have questions?

Contact the Voter Hotline via call or text at (207) 990-0788 or via email at [email protected]