about this state

Maine! Today's political climate today is a lot like your coastline -- rocky and jagged. Hopefully one day it'll be like your lobster rolls, buttery and delicious! What would a buttery political climate look like? We're not sure, but it's probably good. You have a bunch of consequential elections this year, locally and federally and we’re all pulling for you and your lobsters. Here’s everything you need to know to be a voter this year.


Key Dates

Oct 18

Voter Registration Deadline (by mail)

Nov 8

Voter Registration Deadline (in person at town office or city hall)

Oct 9 – Nov 3

Early In Person Absentee Voting

Oct 20

Suggested Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 3

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline

Nov 8

Election Day

Maine Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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  • Can I register at the voting booth?

    Yes! But why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit:

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  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! As long as you're registered, you can request to have your ballot mailed to you or request it online, you just have to do that by November 3rd. Then, you can fill it out and mail it back by November 8th. You can request your ballot here.

    Request Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! Early voting, called absentee in-person voting in Maine, is October 9th-November 3rd.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter or want to finish your registration on Election Day, you will need to bring a photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee/by mail, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, polling place hours vary by municipality. You can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place

since you last voted…

Since 2020, it’s gotten easier to cast your ballot in Maine. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When making a plan to vote…

  • The early voting period has been extended two days, so it now ends on the Thursday before Election Day.
  • Maine now has an open primary, which means independents can choose which party primary they would like to participate in.

When casting your vote…

  • Voters casting ballots early will need to confirm their address and date of birth at their polling place.
  • Student IDs from schools in Maine are now acceptable forms of voter ID.
  • Most polling places should now also have drop boxes (if they weren’t already there in 2020). 

Moving forward…

  • An online voter registration system will be coming your way next year, making it even easier for you to prepare to vote. You’ll just need a Maine driver’s license or the last four digits of your SSN to do so when it’s ready.


  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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