VOTING IS YOUR RIGHT! Here’s what you should know…

 

IMPORTANT! Remember your deadlines:

October 29: Deadline to request an absentee ballot

November 3: General Election

 

Registering to Vote: 

To register, you must be a United States citizen, over 16 years of age, and have a fixed principal home in Maine. You can register the same day you vote.

When you first register, you will need to provide proof of residency (utility bill, government document with your name and address on it, driver’s license etc.)

You can register at your town office/city hall, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or at voter registration drives. Fill out the Voter Registration Application and bring it with you, or ask your town clerk to send it to you via email.  If you are on Monhegan, contact the Town Clerk Lisa Brackett (bracketthouse@yahoo.com) to register to vote. 

If you’ve already registered, you’re good to go! Only re-register if you have moved, changed your name or want to change your party affiliation.

Voter Registration Form:

Maine Voter Registration Application

 

Voting

To vote, you must be registered and 18 years of age. People who are 17 years of age may vote in a Primary Election if they will be 18 by the General Election.

If you have voted in Maine before, you don’t need to bring anything. If this is your first time, you may need to bring proof of residence if you haven’t showed it during your registration. Ask your election official to confirm.

Find your polling place here:

https://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php

If you are on Monhegan, your polling place is right here at the Library. 

 

 

Absentee Ballots

To request an absentee ballot, you must be registered.  

Deadline to request: 5pm on October 29. This deadline is very close to the general election. It’s recommended that you request as soon as possible so you have time to receive your ballot and return it by November 3. In other words, if you’re reading this request it now!

You can request an absentee ballot through your town clerk/city hall. If you are on Monhegan, you can speak to Town Clerk Lisa Brackett (bracketthouse@yahoo.com) to request an absentee ballot. 

You may also request one online from the Secretary of State:

https://apps.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

You may either return by mail or drop your absentee ballot off at your polling place on Election Day by 8pm.

Track the status of your absentee ballot here: https://apps.web.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

 

What about Ranked Choice?

Maine uses Ranked Choice Voting in the State Primary and the General Election. You can learn more here:

https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/rcv.html

 

Still have questions? Call or email Mia at the Library and I will help you! (207)-596-0549 monheganmemoriallibrary@gmail.com

 

THANK YOU FOR VOTING!