Requirements to vote:
18 years old on or by Election Day.
Resident of Maine and the municipality where you seek to register. You can see the specificities of what qualifies as having a residence at https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/resident.html
Convicted felons may vote in Maine.
How do I register?
In the state of Maine, you can register to vote via mail of in person.
To register to vote via mail, fill out a voter registration card and mail it to your town office or city hall or the Secretary of State’s office in Augusta. You can also hand-deliver these instead of mailing them. You can find these cards at a DMV, most social service agencies, or voter registration drives. You can find your local election official’s address at: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html
The deadline to register to vote via mail or at a voter registration drive is by the close of business on the 21st day before the General Election.
To register to vote in person, go to your town office or city hall. You can find your local election official’s address at: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html
There is no deadline to register to vote in person.
You must designate a party affiliation on your voter registration card. In order to vote in the primary election, you have to select one of the 3 main qualifying parties in Maine, which are the Democratic, Green Independent, and Republican parties. If you select “other qualifying party” or “unenrolled,” you will not be able to vote in primary elections but you may vote in the general election.
If you have moved or legally changed your name, you must update your voter registration by filling out a new card.
If you are incarcerated in a county jail or correctional facility, you may register to vote in the municipality in which you had previously resided before incarceration.
Can I pre-register?
You can pre-register if you are 17 years old, so long as you’ll be 18 on or by the next General Election date.
You can also vote in the Primary, even if you’ll still be 17, as long as you’ll be 18 by the General Election.