Your Right To Vote in Maine
The U.S. Constitution gives all citizens the right to vote.
I can register to vote in Maine if:
- I am a United States citizen;
- I live in a town or city in Maine; and
- I am 17 years old and will be 18 years old by Election Day.
If I am registered to vote in Maine, I can vote. I do not need to show ID to get a ballot.
I may vote by absentee ballot instead of voting in person at the voting place. I do not need a reason to vote by absentee ballot.
If I am not registered to vote, I can register on Election Day and vote. (I must register in person and must show ID and proof of where I live.)
I cannot be turned away from my voting place. I must be allowed to vote a challenged ballot. (If I don’t have ID or proof of where I live, I will cast a challenged ballot. I may be asked to show ID after the election.)
If I am in line at the voting place at 8:00PM on Election Day, I still may register and vote.
I may see a sample ballot and get help on how to mark my ballot before I vote. I also may ask for help to read or mark my ballot.
If I make a mistake, I can get a new ballot.
I have the right to use Maine’s Accessible Voting System (AVS) at my voting place.
I may not be harassed when voting or be pressured about how to vote.
If I am under guardianship, I may vote.
If I am currently incarcerated or have ever had a felony conviction, I may still vote.
If I have any problems, or if I am not allowed to vote, I should discuss the situation with the local clerk or warden. If the issue is not resolved, I will escalate the complaint.
See the Your Right to Vote in Maine page for full details.