With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Maine!

You have until October 30, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

In Maine, the early voting process is called "absentee in person voting". You don't have to be out-of-town or have any other reason to take advantage of this easy way to vote at a time that is most convenient for you.

Any registered voter may cast their ballot (technically an absentee ballot) at the municipal clerk's office instead of voting in person at a voting place on Election Day. You don't need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the voting place on Election Day to receive an absentee ballot and vote in this way.

  • You may vote absentee at the clerk's office as soon as absentee ballots are available.
  • Absentee ballots are available at least 30 days before the election at the municipal clerk's office.
  • You don't need to complete an application if you vote in person at the clerk's office.

For the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election, voters can vote in-person absentee through 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

Can you early vote by mail?

Any registered Maine voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Maine voters must provide their Maine driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. Voters must also physically show a valid document with their name and address, such as their driver's license, bank statement, or utility bill.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Maine you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Maine and the municipality where you want to vote
  • be at least 17 years old to register and at least 18 to vote. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election.

Can I register online?

Unfortunately online registration is not possible in Maine.

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