Your Right to Vote in Maine Information for voting in Maine
Sample Ballots for Our Town's Local Elections and State General Elections and Referendum
For November 6, 2018
VOTER REGISTRATIONRegistration Deadline: You can register to vote until, and including, Election Day.
There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at the town office.
If you want to register to vote by mail, the cut-off date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election. Party Affiliation: Voters must check the box if they want to be a member of one of the four qualified political parties in Maine, in order to participate in party primaries, caucuses, conventions or other political party activities.
Voters who check “Other qualifying party” (with or without writing a designation on the line provided) and voters who choose Unenrolled (no party choice) will be designated as “U” on the voting list and will not be eligible to vote in party primaries, caucuses and conventions, but can vote in other elections.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONSAge: At least 18 years old on or before Election Day.
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen.
Residency: Must register in the community where you reside.
Felony Convictions: No disenfranchisement; felons can vote while serving their prison sentence.
New Maine voters: Must provide an applicable ID number: Maine driver's license or Maine State ID or last four digits of your Social Security number. New voters who register by mail must provide a copy of certain identity documents with the completed registration form. The mail-in registrant may submit a copy of a Maine Driver’s License or other valid photo ID, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck stub or other government document that shows the voter’s current name and address.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING
There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at the town office. If you want to register to vote by mail or through a voter registration drive, the cut-off date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election. That date is Tuesday October 16th, 2018 for the General Election.
THE NEXT ELECTIONGeneral and Referendum Election - November 6, 2018OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Maine does not offer online registration. In person: You can register to vote at the town office, At any Motor Vehicle branch office, at most state & federal social service agencies or voter registration drives.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Contact the Town Clerk at the Town Office at13 Nequasset Road, Woolwich, Maine 04579, by phone at 207-442-7094, or by email at email@example.com.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person at the voting place.
You do not need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the voting place on Election Day to use an absentee ballot
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: You can request your own ballot electronically using the Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot request service. The approved online form can be found at:
In person: You may obtain an absentee ballot by making the request in person at the town office. Ballots may be issued to immediate family by filling out a request forms at the town office.
By mail: You can make a written request by completing an absentee ballot application. Additionally, you can obtain a ballot for an immediate family member in this same way. A ballot will be mailed to the voter directly or to an immediate family member making the request.
Military and overseas voting: Uniformed Service and Overseas voters will request an absentee ballot directly from the Secretary of State, Division of Elections. Maine uses the FPCA( Federal Post Card Application) for military and overseas voters. Fill out an application and request a ballot.
Emergency Voting: There is no cut off for voter registration. Absentee ballot requests are open until the 3rd business day before the election.
Telephone request: Absentee ballots can be requested until 3 business days before an election. Only the voter may request their absentee ballot over the phone; immediate family member requests must be made in writing at the Town Office.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: To be counted, voted absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Fill out and deliver the ballot back to the municipal clerk at the Town Office at 13 Nequasset Road (or to the Secretary of State, Division of Elections if you are a Uniformed Service or Overseas voter).
Please note: if you are returning your absentee ballot on Election Day, please return it directly to the polling place at Woolwich Central School, 137 Nequasset Road.
Early voting qualifications: Maine differentiates early and absentee voting. However, Maine has only tested early voting pilot programs and has not put a permanent early voting system in place. See Maine's early voting page for more information.
ID Requirements: If you are registered to vote in Maine, you do not need to show ID to get your ballot.
How to Vote: Each ballot tells you how to mark your choices. If you have a question, ask an election official. If you make a mistake, fold your ballot and give it to an election official. The election official will give you another ballot.
Problems with voting: If you have any problems, or you are denied the right to vote, call the Elections Division immediately at 1-888-868-3763 or the Disability Right's Center at 1-800-452-1948. You can also visit Maine's HAVA overview site.
POLLING PLACE: Woolwich Central School, 137 Nequasset Road, Woolwich, Maine 04579
Town Clerk/Registrar/Deputy Tax Collector 13 Nequasset Road Woolwich, ME 04579 Phone: (207) 442-7094 Fax: (207) 442-8859