Essential to a strong
democracy is voter participation and Maine has some unique ways for people to
get engaged in our democracy.
1. Early Absentee Voting:
order your ballot right online here! You can vote absentee in person at your
town hall up until the Friday before Election Day or by mail (ballots must be
received before or on Election Day if mailed). You can also bring in your ballot
(with envelope!) on Election Day in the event you don't have a chance to return
2. Election Day Voter Registration: Mainers can register to vote on
Election Day at their local polling place. Bring a photo ID and a piece of mail
proving your residence. Maine people worked incredibly hard to restore that
right last year so be sure to spread the word!
3. Public Financing: Maine instituted a Clean Elections
system, by people's referendum, that allows anyone to run for office with public funds if they can
demonstrate viability in their district. It has been remarkably effective for
many years, ensuring local legislators were making decisions on behalf of their
community, not their donors. While changes were made this session to weaken
Clean Elections, the program is still in effect. If you care about keeping
special interest money out of our elections, be sure to ask your candidates
whether they are running with public financing or whether they are beholden to
donors. They will be knocking on your door soon!
4. Knock On Doors! Whether you belong to a major party, a minor party or are
fiercely independent, help a local candidate who shares your values run for
office this year.