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Elections and Voting


On Election Day all voting will take place at the
Community Center a/k/a Parks & Rec. Building, 75 Franklin Street

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

VOTER REGISTRATION

How do I register to vote?

As of January 1, 2020, 16-year olds may pre-register to vote.   You must be 18 years old to actually vote.   Note:  At Primary Elections a 17 is eligible to vote a candidate ballot if they will be 18 by the November General Election.  They cannot vote a referendum ballot though at the Primary Election, Municipal Election, or School Election.

Where do I go to register?
You may register to vote at your City Hall, through any motor Vehicle branch office or at voter registration drives.   Completed voter registration cards may be delivered by hand or mailed to the City Clerk's Office.  Note:  If less than 21 days before an election, you must register in person.

Political parties recognized in the State of Maine

  •  Democratic Party
  •  Green Independent Party
  •  Republican Party
Note:  The Alliance Party, Libertarian Party, and Socialist Party did not meet the state voter registration enrollment requirements, so they have been disqualified.  All voters who enrolled in these party's will now be considered "unenrolled".

Unenrolled -This means you are not affiliated with any of the above parties.  Voters who want a designation of “Independent” are designated as Unenrolled on the voter list.

Enrollment Eligibility for November General & Referendum  Elections- In a general election it does not matter what party you are in.  Each voter will be given a ballot that has candidates from all the political party designations and independents as well.   You can vote for any candidate that you want.  

Primary Elections, Caucus & Convention Enrollment Eligibility
A voter who files an application to change enrollment is ineligible to vote in a party caucus, convention or a Primary Election for 15 days after submitting the application to the Registrar.   **Exception to 15-day ineligibility:  Voters who move to a new municipality may enroll in a different party with no 15-day waiting period.  They get a "clean slate" when they move.

Unenrolled voters  - May enroll at any time, including Election Day, by completing and filing a new voter registration application with the Municipal Registrar - this is not considered a change of enrollment.  If a unenrolled voter chooses not to enroll in a party they will not be eligible to vote a party candidate ballot, but they can vote a referendum ballot.  A voter who enrolls on Election Day is ineligible to file a withdrawal application after voting.   

How long must a voter remain in a party?  -  Voters must remain in a party for 3 months before the voter can file an application for either a withdrawal (go to unenrolled) or a change in enrollment.   A voter who enrolls on Election Day is ineligible to file a withdrawal application after voting.  The voter must wait 3 months before filing an application to withdraw or change parties.

Are there other restrictions on withdrawal from a party? - There is also a 15-day waiting period for a voter who withdraws from a party, unless voter has moved to a new municipality.  The voter is ineligible to enroll in a different party for 15 days.   A voter may re-enroll in the same party within 15 days after filing a written request for withdrawal from a party.

WHERE DO I VOTE?

All residents vote at the Community Center, 75 Franklin Street.  The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.   The gym is set up by Wards 1 through 7.

WHAT WARD/HOUSE DISTRICT TO I LIVE IN?

Street Listing References:   Column 6 = Ward #, Column 8 = State Senate #, and Column 9 = State Representative #.

For more information about registration, statewide referenda and candidates, we suggest the Maine Secretary of State's Elections page.

WRITE-IN CANDIDACY

Information on how to be a write-in candidate and how to vote for one may be found by following this link.

RANKED CHOICE VOTING -  Some races on the November 6, 2018 General election ballot will be determined via Ranked-choice voting which means the ballot will be laid out a bit differently to allow voters to "rank their choice" of candidates for each race as follows:  first choice, second choice, third choice and so forth.  

For more information on Ranked-choice voting you can visit the Department of the Secretary of State "Resources for Ranked-choice voting" webpage.

SAMPLE BALLOTS

Democratic Presidential Primary
Republican Presidential Primary
Special Referendum
Notice of Declared Write-In Candidates Presidential Primary


ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Absentee ballots will be available on February 3, 2020.. 


Absentee voting will be conducted in the City Clerk's Office: 
Monday - Thursday   8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & extended hours on Thursday February  27th - open until 7:00 p.m.

The last day to request a absentee ballot is Thursday, February 27, 2020 unless a "special circumstance" exists.   There will be no absentee voting on Friday, February 28, 2020 or  Monday, March 2, 2020.

Registered voters in Saco may request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk Office as follows:

  • in person
  • by immediate family member/domestic partner
  • by 3rd person -  A 3rd person is a aunt, uncle, friend or caregiver etc.  (Voter designates a 3rd person to deliver a ballot to them through a completed application.  The ballot is given to the 3rd person to deliver to the voter.  Ballot must be witnessed by a notary or 2 other individuals and noted on the ballot envelope.  If the voter is assisted in marking the ballot the aide must sign as aide on the ballot envelope and 1 other witness must verify and sign off.  The voter may return the ballot in person, but witness requirements still apply if a 3rd person handles the ballot going out or being returned.)  Note:  A 3rd person may have up to 5 absentee ballots for a municipality at one time.
  • by telephone 284-4831
  • Apply online at:   http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

         Note: Only electronic applications submitted through this site will be honored.

 
RECENT ELECTION RESULTS

All Local, State & Federal Elections are administered and supervised by the City Clerk.


WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR RESIDENTS TO SERVE IN THE FOLLOWING PAID POSITIONS:

This is a great opportunity to serve your community and meet your neighbors as well.

Election Warden - Ward 3 for Municipal & State Election


There are usually 2 elections per year.  Every 4 years in the Presidential Election year, there are 3 elections that year.  These are paid positions and the city provides coffee in the morning and dinner for all workers.   Workers are required to be available all day from 6:00 a.m. to roughly 10:00 p.m. with time off for breaks, lunch and dinner.  A training session is provided before each election.

To be a Warden or Ward Clerk you would need the following qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen;
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • Registered voter in Saco;
  • The warden does not have to be enrolled in a party;
  • The Warden may not be an officer of a municipal committee of a party;
The duties of the Warden are as follows:

  • Attend Polls - Remain at the voting place while the polls are open and during the counting of the ballots (must remain the entire time-unless a ward clerk is there to assume the duties);
  • Maintain Order -Oversee the voting place and the area within 250 feet of the voting place entrance; direct the removal of any person who creates a distrubance or otherwise violates the law;
  • Enforce Election Laws - Ensure compliance with laws pertaining to voting and counting procedures (at the voting palce over which the warden has jurisdiction);
  • Supervise Election Officials - Supervise election officials and assign their duties, may swear in the ward clerk and the election clerks;
  • Designate Location - Determine the location within the voting place where the collection of signatures may take place;
  • AVS - Oversee the operation  of the State's Accessible Voting Solution (AVS);
  • Perform Other Duties - Perform any other duties for presiding at the polls.
  • The warden may not replace election clerks or perform their duties.


Election Clerk’s


We are currently looking for individuals who would be interested in serving as Election Clerks on Election Day.  The Election Clerks are the election officials who are appointed to represent the qualified party in which they are enrolled and provide a check and balance in the electoral process. 

There are usually 2 elections per year.   Every 4 years in the Presidential Election year, there are 3 elections that year.  These are paid positions and the city provides coffee in the morning and dinner for all workers.  Workers are required to be available all day from 6:00 a.m. to roughly 10:00 p.m. with time off for breaks, lunch and dinner.  A training session is provided before each election.

To be an Election Clerk you would need the following qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen;
  • At least 18 years of age; except that student election clerks may be 17 years of age and may perform all the functions of an election clerk;
  • Registered voter in Saco;
  • Enrolled in one of the major or minor qualified parties.  Note:  Un-enrolled voters are also selected because sometimes there are insufficient major or minor party clerks available.

The duties of the Election Clerk are as follows:

  • Supervise Incoming Voting List – check voters off the list;
  • Hand out the appropriate ballot to the voters;
  • Supervise the Voting Machine – assist voters if they are having trouble inserting ballots into the machine;
  • Count Ballots at the end of the evening and prepare the Tally Sheets to give to the Warden for them to finalize;
  • Assist with putting all the election materials away at the end of the evening and securing used and unused ballots.

 
If you have prior experience working at the polls or are just interested in politics and think you would like to give it a try, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 284-4831 for further detailed information.