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Your Right to Vote in Maine

Maine has one of the most accessible voting processes in the country. If you feel you have been denied the opportunity to vote, please discuss the situation with the local clerk or warden. If you cannot resolve the issue, contact the Elections Division at 624-7650. To be eligible to vote in Maine, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • United States Citizen
  • Resident of the municipality in which you want to vote


Please review the following information regarding your voting rights in this state. Thank you for taking part in our democracy.

Dan A. Gwadosky
Secretary of State

Voter Rights

1. If you are registered to vote in Maine, you can vote. Title 21-A, Section 111

2. If you are not registered to vote in Maine, you can register on Election
Day and you can vote.

When registering to vote 9 business days before an election, or on Election Day, a voter must register in person and must show proof of identity and residency. Title 21-A, Section 121

3. You cannot be turned away from the polls. You must be allowed to vote a challenged ballot.
If satisfactory proof of identity and residency cannot be provided, the person's name must be placed on the voting list and the person will cast a challenged ballot. Further inquiry as to the person's eligibility may be made after the election. Title 21-A, Sections 121, 161 and 673

4. If you do not have identification, you can vote.
If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to provide identification to receive a ballot. Title 21-A, Section 671

5. If you are in line at the time the polls close, you can register and vote.
Title 21-A, Sections 127 and 626

6. If you make a mistake, you can get a replacement ballot. Title 21-A, Section 693

7. If you are visually impaired, physically disabled, or are unable to read or write, you can be assisted. Title 21-A, Section 672

8. You may see a sample ballot and receive instructions on voting procedure. Title 21-A, Sections 651 and 672

9. You may not be harassed when voting or be influenced on how to vote.
Title 21-A, Section 682

10. If you have any problems, or you are denied the right to vote, call the Elections Division immediately at 207-624-7650.