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How do I register to vote?

As of January 1, 2020, 16-year old's may pre-register to vote.   You must be 18 years old to actually vote.   Note:  At Primary Elections a 17 year old 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.

Maine Revised Statutes - Title 21-A

§112. Residence for voting purposes

Voting residence is governed by the following provisions
 [PL 1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW).]

1. Residence. The residence of a person is that place where the person has established a fixed and principal home to which the person, whenever temporarily absent, intends to return.

A. The following factors may be offered by an applicant and considered by a registrar in determining a person's residence under this section. The registrar need not find all of these factors to be present in order to conclude that an applicant qualifies to register to vote in the municipality:

(1) A direct statement of intention by the person pursuant to section 121, subsection 1;

(2) The location of any dwelling currently occupied by the person;

(6) The place where any motor vehicle owned by the person is registered;

(8) The residence address, not a post office box, shown on a current income tax return;

(9) The residence address, not a post office box, at which the person's mail is received;

(10) The residence address, not a post office box, shown on any current resident hunting or fishing licenses held by the person;

(12) The residence address, not a post office box, shown on any motor vehicle operator's license held by the person;

(14) The receipt of any public benefit conditioned upon residency, defined substantially as provided in this subsection; or
(16) Any other objective facts tending to indicate a person's place of residence. [PL 2009, c.

253, §10 (AMD).]

§112-A. Proof of identity for voting purposes

Any of the following forms of documentation may be offered by an applicant and considered by a registrar in verifying the identity of an applicant who is registering to vote under this chapter and whose name does not already appear in the central voter registration system as a registered voter. The registrar need not request or consider all of these forms of documentation in order to verify an applicant's identity. [PL 2009, c. 253, §11 (NEW).]

1. Government-issued photograph identification document or credential. A government issued photograph identification document or credential, including, but not limited to, a current and valid United States passport, military identification, driver's license or state identification;

[PL 2009, c. 253, §11 (NEW).]

2. Other government-issued identification document. A government-issued identification document without a photograph, including, but not limited to, a certified birth certificate or a signed social security card;

[PL 2009, c. 253, §11 (NEW).]

3. Other official documents. An official document, including, but not limited to, a document confirming eligibility determinations for public benefits, a utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter; or

[PL 2009, c. 253, §11 (NEW).]

4. Verified unique identifier for new voters. A verified unique identifier for new voters, including the voter's Maine driver's license number, Maine identification number or the last 4 digits of the voter's social security number that are successfully verified through the central voter registration system verification.

[PL 2009, c. 253, §11 (NEW).]


PL 2009, c. 253, §11 (NEW).

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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.  Registration is also conducted at the polling location on Election Day.

Political parties recognized in the State of Maine

  •  Democratic Party
  •  Green Independent Party
  •  Republican Party
Declaration of Intent to Form a Party by Party Enrollment

  •  People's Party - 12/1/20
  •  Libertarian Party - 12/7/20
  • Alliance - 12/30/20
  • Yankee - 12/30/20
Note:  The People's Party, Libertarian Party, Alliance Party, and Yankee Party have filed a "Declaration of Intent to Form a Party by Party Enrollment" with the Secretary of State.  In order for these parties to become a qualified party for the 2022 elections, the groups must enroll at least 5,000 voters in the proposed party by January 2, 2022.  A voter may enroll in a party by completing a new Maine Voter Registration Application.  The voter must check the box next to "Other Qualifying Party" and write the name of the party on the line.  The designation of a qualifying party will not be pre-printed on the Maine Voter Registration Application until it becomes a qualified party.   If these parties fail to qualify to participate in a Primary Election in 2022, the Secretary of State will change each voter's enrollment status to 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, and some candidates may be voted by ranked choice. 

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.