Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. Know your rights when you go to the polls! Here are the basics in Maine (scroll to the bottom for videos and downloadable guides in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic):
- Every U.S. citizen 18 or older who is a resident of Maine has the right to cast a vote, and no one should be afraid to do so. The best defense against voter intimidation is knowing your rights when you go to the polls. Here are some things to remember.
- If you’ve already registered, you don’t need an ID to vote in Maine. And if you haven’t registered yet, you can do so at your polling place on Election Day. If you plan on registering on Election Day, you’ll be asked to prove your identity and address (there are many ways to do this that don’t require photo ID). *NOTE: To vote in a party primary, you must register as a member of that party. Voters who have already registered but have not enrolled in a party may enroll in a party at the polls on Election Day. Any voter who wishes to change party enrollment must do so at least 15 days before the vote.*
- You can’t be turned away from your polling place. If you think you’re eligible to vote but a poll worker questions this, ask to cast a “challenged ballot.”
- If you need help reading or marking your ballot, you can bring a friend or ask a poll worker to help you. And if you make a mistake, you can ask for a new ballot.
- Finally, voter intimidation is illegal. If someone tries to pressure you into voting a certain way or not at all, report it to a polling official. They are well-trained and there to help. And if you still have trouble casting a ballot, call us at the ACLU of Maine at 774-5444.
- Watch our videos, then print out our voting rights guide (now available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic) and take it with you to the polls.
- More information about how to register and vote is available on the Secretary of State's website.
VOTING RIGHTS GUIDE (English)
Look up your polling place here.
If you think your rights have been violated at the polls, or if you witness voter intimidation, call our office: 207-774-5444.