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Primary Elections

Primary Elections determine each party’s nomination of candidates for US Senate and Representative to Congress, and qualified State and County offices.  Party candidates who are elected at the Primary qualify to appear on the General Election ballot the following November.  In Maine, the Primary Election is held on the second Tuesday in June of each even-numbered year (June 10th for 2014).

Maine currently has three qualified parties:  Democratic, Green Independent, and Republican.  (Note:  although some unenrolled candidates choose to designate themselves as “Independent,” there is no “Independent” party in Maine).  In order to qualify for the Primary Election ballot, party candidates must submit nomination petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office by March 15th.  (Because this date falls on a Saturday in 2014, the filing deadline extends to Monday, March 17th.)

Offices included in the 2014 Primary Election are US Senate; Governor; Representative to Congress (both districts); all 35 State Senate districts; all 151 State Representative districts; and the following county offices, which vary depending on the county:  Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, District Attorney and County Commissioner. 

Voters who are enrolled in a party are encouraged to participate in the Primary Election as the first step of the biennial candidate election process.  There may be a Referendum Election held on the same day as the Primary Election, and all voters, whether enrolled in a party or not, are encouraged to participate in that election. 

Absentee ballot applications for the June Primary and potential Referendum Election will be available through the online Absentee Ballot Request Service  or at municipal offices in early March.