Frequently Asked Questions

What documents can I use to prove identity when registering to vote?

An official document, including, but not limited to: 

  1. Government document or credential with photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, State ID, valid U.S. Passport, military ID)

  2. Government ID document/credential without photo (i.e. certified birth certificate or signed Social Security card)

  3. An official document that shows the name and address of the voter (i.e. eligibility for public benefits, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck)

  4. Student photo ID from a state-approved public or private school or institute of higher education in Maine

  5. Verified unique identifier (Maine driver’s license number or last four numbers of Social Security Number)

I’ve moved. Do I need to re-register? 

If you’ve moved within the same municipality, you need to notify your clerk to change your address. 


If you've moved to a different municipality, you need to re-register with the clerk in your new municipality. 

What if I requested an absentee ballot but I want to vote in person on Election Day?

As long as you have not returned your ballot you can go vote in-person on election day. 

I’m a Mainer living overseas or in the Military. How do I vote?

There is a separate process for overseas voters (called "UOCAVA" voters). Go to the US Vote Foundation site to register to vote, request your absentee ballot, change your party affiliation, or find out more information about voting as an overseas citizen.

I am registered to vote at my current address. Do I need an ID to vote on Election day?


Can I vote if I have a felony conviction?

Yes! People convicted of a crime are not disenfranchised in Maine.

What if I'm experiencing homelessness?

You can register at the place you reside. You can register at the address of a homeless shelter you frequent, or a park bench. If you don't have a document that shows you are eligible to vote, you can take a sworn statement at your clerk's office or at the polls. You can and should vote! If you have any questions, call the hotline at 866-336-VOTE

Can I bring my kids with me when I go vote?


Do I need to re-register if I have changed my name?

You must use your legal name to vote. If you have legally changed your name, you will need to amend your registration. 

What is redistricting? 

Redistricting is the process of drawing the lines of districts from which public officials are elected. After the 2020 census, the Maine legislature updated districts to accurately reflect population changes. This is used to equitably allocate representation in Congress and state legislatures. It’s also required by The US Constitution and federal courts. 

How has redistricting changed my ballot? 

November 2022 will be the first General Election to use new districts!  You can look up your district here. To learn more about Maine redistricting, check out the Secretary of State's website here

When do the polls close in Maine? 

Polls close at 8:00 PM, but if you are in line by 8 PM, you get to vote. If someone is telling you to get out of line, call the voter assistance hotline immediately. 



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