How to vote in Maine

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Maine allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Maine offers early voting.

Who can vote

To register in Maine you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • 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)

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Maine can look up where to vote on Maine's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Maine voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Tuesday, October 9 to Thursday, November 1, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • If you've voted in Maine before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.
  • If you're a first-time voter that registered by mail, and didn't provide a copy of 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 documents to vote.
  • Voters without ID: If you don't have ID or proof of residence, you can cast a challenged ballot. You may be asked to provide ID after the election for your ballot to count.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Thursday, November 1.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

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:
  1. 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.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. 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.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. 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

Maine does not offer an online registration lookup tool. To confirm your voter registration status and details, contact your local election official.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 9 to Thursday, November 1, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Thursday, November 1.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Election contact information for Maine

Address:
Secretary of State
Burton Cross Building, 111 Sewall St., 4th Floor
Augusta, ME 04333-0101

Phone Number:
207-624-7736