If you are an American citizen, a Maine resident, and will be eighteen or older on or before November 3, 2020, you are eligible to vote in Maine this year. You may be a Maine resident even if you aren’t physically in Maine right now!
As a student at a Maine school, you have a stake in this state and your community—and you have a right to vote this fall.
IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED IN MAINE AND…
… are living at the residence listed on your voter registration:
If you are registered to vote in Maine and are still staying at the residence listed on your voter registration (dorm, apartment, etc.), your registration is up to date, and you can vote.
… have temporarily relocated:
If you registered to vote in Maine and have since temporarily relocated—due to Covid-19 or for any other reason—your registration is still up-to-date, and you do not need to change it in order to vote.
Note: There is no particular length of time that makes the absence “temporary”: if you intend to return at some point—or if you may end up moving elsewhere, but you have not yet determined to do so—then under Maine law your residence has not changed. If your residence has not changed, your registration is up-to-date.
… have permanently relocated from the address on your registrations:
If you registered to vote in Maine but have permanently relocated from the address on that registration, i.e. by moving to a new dorm, apartment, or house, in Maine or elsewhere, you should update your registration to that new address before you vote. (You should do so even if you are now temporarily absent from that new address—due to Covid-19 or any other reason.)
If you are originally from Maine and registered to vote before beginning school, e.g. with your childhood home as your registration address, and you are now elsewhere to study, work, or service in the military, you are entitled to keep that registration and do not need to change it before you vote
NOT YET REGISTERED IN MAINE AND…
… are currently at a dorm, apartment, house or other place in Maine.
If you are currently at a dorm, apartment, house or other place in Maine where you stay on an ongoing basis, you can register to vote using that address as your residence.
… you were living in Maine but had to leave.
If you were living in a dorm, apartment, or house that you had to leave due to COVID-19 or another circumstance, but you have not yet established residency elsewhere—e.g. you have not signed a lease or registered to vote elsewhere—you can still register to vote using that last dorm, apartment, or house address as your residence.
… you are originally from Maine and left for school.
If you are originally from Maine and have left your town of origin (to elsewhere in Maine, or to another location in US or abroad) for school, temporary job, or military service, you can still register to vote using your last Maine address.