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Election Information

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: You can 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 it sooner.

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.

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