Welcome Maine voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.


Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
June 12 May 22 (received) N/A June 12 Yes


General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 16 (received) N/A November 6 Yes


Online Voter Registration

Maine does not have online voter registration, but a voter can complete a printable form online and then print, sign, and submit it. You can complete the PDF here.

Voter ID

Maine has no voter ID requirements.


Maine does have “no-excuse” vote-by-mail. You must request your ballot 3 business days prior to Election Day. Your ballot must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Early Voting

Maine has in-person early voting. Early voting begins as soon as absentee ballots are available (“absentee in-person” voting rather than “early” voting) — at least 30 days prior to Election Day and ends 3 business days prior to Election Day. Early voting is located at Municipal Clerk’s offices. More information early voting is available here.

If you require more time to submit an absentee ballot (after 3 business days before Election Day), you can complete a special circumstances application stating an allowable reason:

  • Unexpected absence from municipality during the entire time polls open on election day
  • Physical disability
  • Inability to travel to polls because voter is resident of coastal island ward/precinct; OR
  • Incapacity or illness that has resulted in voter being unable to leave home or treatment facility

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

Maine has no Automatic Voter Registration.

Minor Pre-Registration

Maine allows voters to pre-register at the age of 17.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018


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