Here is everything you need to know to cast your ballot this November!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
If you are a US citizen over the age of 18 on November 3rd, you have the right to vote!
Voting is a great privilege and come with some responsibilities. Make sure you are registered, know how to get your ballot, and research the candidates and issues you will be voting on. You might even consider becoming a poll worker!
Register to Vote
As a college student living away from home, you can choose to register using either your college address, or your parent or caregiver’s address.
How to register in Maine:
Fill out a Maine Voter Registration Application:
Students living in a residence hall should use the name of the specific residence hall as their address.
University of New England
Hall name and room #
11 Beach Hills Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005
Mail or deliver your completed and signed application directly to the Municipal Clerk or Registrar of Voters in the town where you live to avoid delays in processing.
Registering in Maine as an out-of-state Student
Registering to vote in Maine does not affect your:
FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.
STATUS AS A DEPENDENT ON YOUR PARENT’S TAXES
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.
WILL REGISTERING TO VOTE IN MAINE AFFECT MY DRIVER’S LICENSE OR CAR REGISTRATION?
Maybe. Registering to vote in Maine may have consequences for your driver’s license or car registration. If you drive a car in Maine, you are required to obtain a Maine driver’s license within thirty days of establishing residency in the state. If you are a resident of Maine and own a vehicle in the state, state law also requires you to register that vehicle in Maine.
In Maine you can register any time leading up to an election, including election day.
If you have already registered to vote, you only need to re-register if you move, change your name, wish to change political party affiliations, or if your signature has changed.
Cast your Ballot
CAST YOUR BALLOT
Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot instead of voting in person at a voting place on Election Day.
In Maine, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day. You can request an absentee ballot:
- Online through the Secretary of State’s Office.
- Call your local City or Town Hall:
- Portland: 207-874-8677
- Biddeford: (207) 284-9307
The rules change from state to state. Make sure you know yours if not registering to vote in Maine! To learn more about absentee ballots in other states visit USA.gov.
Vote in person
- Portland: Find your polling place.
- Biddeford All voting on Election Day, regardless of ward, will take place at the Tiger Gym at Biddeford High School on Maplewood Avenue.
- Other Maine communities
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- If you’ve voted in Maine before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote.
- If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail, you may need to show one of these documents to vote if you didn’t provide one when you registered: Maine driver’s license, Maine state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address .
- Voters without ID: If you don’t have ID or proof of residence, you can cast a challenged ballot. You may be asked to provide ID after the election for your ballot to count.
Research the candidates and issues
- Right Here!
- Search the Library website for access to thousands of full-text newspapers, books, articles, documentaries and more!
- Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections; providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.
- League of Women Voters Maine
- A nonpartisan political membership organization, presenting “fair and unbiased” voter education material. Stay tuned for their helpful voter guide!
- Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Elections
- See all the questions and issues you will be voting on.
- MediaBias/Fact Check
- comprehensive media bias resource; currently 3200+ media sources listed in the database and growing every day.
- Open Secrets
- run by the Center for Responsible Politics; non-profit, non-partisan. Also lists where candidates get their money. Dark money is explained in detail.
- non-profit run by the Poynter Institute
- Project Vote Smart
- Find sample ballots, candidate voting records, interest group ratings, speeches, campaign contributions, and current and past ballot measures by date & issue
- Rock the Vote
- Voter information and engagement resources targeted to the under-30 set, but excellent voter/voting info source for all.
- State of Maine Election Information
- See the names of all candidates running for open seats.
- Sunlight Foundation
- National, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.
- Reverse image search which tells you whether or not an image was altered.
There is so much information it is easy to be overwhelmed!
UNE Librarians are happy to assist you in locating and evaluating the resources you need!
More than ever during an election year, there will be a lot of information being shared. It is important to evaluate information you are consuming and sharing. Look through the Finding & Evaluating Sources section of this website for advice on how to spot fake news and more!
Work the polls
Every town and city in Maine needs citizens like you to help administer the election. You can be a poll worker if you will be 18 or older on November 3, 2020, and are registered to vote in the county in which you will serve as a paid poll worker, or in a neighboring county. Visit the Maine Election Worker Recruitment webpage for more information about the qualifications, duties and benefits of helping your town at the polls on Election Day.