Elections

There is a Maine Career and Technical Education Region 10 Referendum and State Primary ballots is in this upcoming Election in June 11, 2024.

Candidates that wish to run in the June 11th State Primary must submit candidate petitions to the Secretary of State by Friday, March 15th.  

Candidate petition signatures must be certified by the Registrar prior to submission to the Elections Division.  

If you receive any candidate petitions, please certify them as soon as possible to allow time for the candidates to submit to our office by the March 15th deadline.

May 21st - Last day that mailed in, Online and 3rd Party voter registration accepted.

May 22nd  - CLOSED PERIOD BEGINS - Only in person registrations now till Election Day, except AVR are accepted through midnight on June 4th. 

May 24th - Deadline - Change/withdrawal party Enrollment - reminder - Voters who change/withdraw enter a 15-day waiting period during which they cannot vote in the primary election. Unenrolled Voters enrolling in a party have no waiting period.

May 28th - Non-Party candidates must submit their petitions for certification to clerks by 5:00 pm (4:00 pm) Bowdoinham

 

ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TOWN OFFICE OR ONLINE WITH THE STATE OF MAINE, as of May 13th.

 

 

Voter Registration 

Residents may register to vote during regular business hours or make changes to current voting information such as change of name, address or party affiliation. You may register to vote on Election Day as well. 

Un-enrolled voters may enroll at any time, including Election Day.

Voters must remain in the party for 3 months before the voter can file an application for either a withdrawal or a change of enrollment.

There is a 15-day waiting period for a voter who withdraws from a party. 


Absentee Ballots 

The State Law permits absentee ballots to be cast at any election by any voter who property requests one.

There are 5 ways to request an absentee ballot:

  • In-person at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours.
  • Electronically - Click here
  • Mail – call the Town Clerk at 666-5531 ext 101
  • Immediate Family Member – must fill out an application at the Clerk’s Office.
  • 3rd Person – application required. Call the Town Clerk at 666-5531 or stop by the Town Clerk’s Office. Ballots cast using this method must be witnessed by either the Town Clerk, Notary Public, or Clerk of Courts, or by two other witnesses.

For an electronic absentee ballot:

https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl


Accessible Voting

The Department of the Secretary of State recently developed a new service for absentee balloting, with input from advocates at Disability Rights Maine, intended for voters with print disabilities. These disabilities may include: vision impairment or blindness, physical dexterity limitations, learning disabilities or cognitive impairment, all of which prevent the individual from independently marking a paper ballot. 

Should you wish to take part in this service and vote by absentee, please request for an accessible absentee ballot with the form found here or listed below.
You can also request an absentee ballot by calling 207-666-5531

In addition to the accessible absentee ballot, the State provides the Accessible Voting System ballot-marking device at every polling place on Election Day, which allows any voter to use a touchscreen or controller pad/audio to independently mark their ballot.

 


Voting Information

For an electronic absentee ballot: https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

Federal and State Voter Information Look Up: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/index.html

State of Maine Election Laws: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/21-A/title21-Ach0sec0.html

Notary Public and Dedimus Justices in Maine https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/notary/search/search_index.pl