Absentee Ballot Process
You do not need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day to receive an absentee ballot.
You can request an absentee ballot online here beginning 3 months before Election Day. If you don't want to request a ballot online, you can contact your municipal clerk either in person on through the phone. A ballot will then be mailed to your address.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 3 days before the election.
To be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received by the municipal clerk by 8pm on Election Day.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
ID Needed for Voter Registration
When filling out your voter registration card, you must provide either your Maine driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
If you are a new voter in Maine, you must send a copy of either your Maine driver's license or a utility bill or a government document that states your name and address with your voter registration form.
If you are registering less than 21 days before an election, you must register in person at your town office or city hall, through any motor vehicle branch office, in most state & federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency.
ID Needed for Voting?
If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to provide identification to receive a ballot. If you are registering on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of identity and residency.
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If your eligibility to vote is questioned on Election Day, you are allowed to cast a challenged ballot. A challenged ballot must be counted the same as a regular ballot. The validity of a challenged ballot need not be determined unless it affects the results of an election.
Provisional ballots are to be counted within a "reasonable time" after the Election. Check with your County Clerk for more information.
Ranked Choice Voting
Maine allows voters to vote using Ranked Choice Voting for all Governor, State Legislative and Congressional races. Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank the candidates in the order of their preference. If no candidate wins a majority of the votes, an instant runoff happens and the candidate with the least support is eliminated. This process continues until only one candidate remains.