How to Register to Vote in Maine for the Elections
This article describes how to register to vote in Maine. You can register to vote by mail in Maine by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Register to vote in Maine In-person
- You can also register to vote in person. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6. Contact your local election officefor information on when and where to register to vote.
- You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
- Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Maineor contacting your local election official.
Who can vote
- To register in Maine you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of Maine and the municipality in which you want to vote
- Be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 years old to vote)
Register to vote in Maine By-mail voter registration
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 – ID Number: You must list your valid Maine driver’s license number. If you don’t have a valid Maine driver’s license, then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. Voters who don’t have either of these forms of ID must write “NONE” in this space.
- Box 7 – Choice of Party: Maine requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in. However some parties allow unaffiliated voters to participate in their primary elections.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Tuesday, October 16.
Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Maine
Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Maine.
Check your voter registration status
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Maine’s voter registration lookup tool.
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
- The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16. In person is Tuesday, November 6.
- You can also register and vote on Election Day.
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