Maine Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodIn person or by mail.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineIf by mail, 21 days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangesHP1070 (sec. 5) passed in 2019 but becomes effective in 2022; establishes automatic registration processes.
Same DayYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineThree months before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDNot requiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxNot mentioned in statutes.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Return Deadline6PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyNot prohibited; only candidates or family members of candidates are prohibited from delivering ballots.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Paid Political OperativesNot prohibited; only candidates or family members of candidates are prohibited from delivering ballots.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other---
Cure ProcessNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDRequired.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other Options---
Provisional BallotsUsed if a voter's eligibility to vote is challenged.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
HoursOpening varies by county; close is 8PM.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Wait TimeNo LegislationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
ElectioneeringProhibited within 250 feet of polling places.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other---

Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyUpdated continuously.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalDeath, written confirmation of moving, registering in another jurisdiction, or inactivity through 2 general elections.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity