Maine

The Pinetree State

Motto:
Dirigo (I lead)


Constitution

Overall, 828,305 ballots were cast in Maine in 2020, 435,072 of which were for Joe Biden and 360,737 of which were for Donald J. Trump. Overall state turnout in 2020 was about 76%. Uniquely, Maine is one of two states that splits its electoral votes, rather than the winner-takes-all method employed by the other 48. Joe Biden won three of the four electoral votes in the 2020 election, as well as the popular vote. Incumbent Donald J. Trump won Maine’s 2nd Congressional District and one electoral vote. Maine has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1992.

Maine has a bicameral legislature with 35 senators and 151 representatives. Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 2019. Governor Janet Mills (D) is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

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

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Maine averages a 42% rating, reflecting its more left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

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