It is important that people who care about protecting our natural resources vote! Although it is easy to take our right to vote for granted, the reality is that voting makes a tremendous difference to the environment! Casting a ballot is your voice in deciding who will serve in office and what positions will be taken on important environmental issues.Learn how to register and vote in Maine:

Register

Who can register and vote in Maine? 
To register to vote, you must be a United States citizen, at least 17 years of age, and live in Maine. To vote, you must be registered in the community where you reside and be at least 18 years of age.

How do I register to vote?
Complete a Maine voter registration card or the National Mail Voter Registration Form (www.eac.gov). If using the National Form, be sure to follow the General, Application, and State instructions closely. Items on the Maine registration card and the national form must be completed correctly or they may be rejected. No witness or notary is required.

Where do I go to register? 
You may register to vote at your town office or city hall, through any Motor Vehicle branch office, through most state and federal social service agencies, or at voter registration drives. Completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered or mailed to your town office or city hall, or sent to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta (see address below).

Is there a deadline for registering?
You can register up to 3 business days before the election OR you can register at the polls on Election Day. If you are mailing in a voter registration card, it must be received by your town clerk 21 business days before the election. You can register to vote in person at your town office or city hall.

Vote

When is the next election?

General Election: November 8, 2016

Where do I go to vote?
Every town has its own places where people vote. You can call your town office or city hall to find out where you vote. Voting places open between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., depending on the town. Local officials can give you the exact opening time for your community. However, all polling places close at 8:00 p.m. on election day.

Do I need to go to the polls on Election Day to vote?
No. Any registered voter may cast an "absentee" ballot instead of voting in person at the polling place.

What is "absentee" voting and how does it work?
You do not need to have a specific reason or be unable to vote at the polls on election day to use an absentee ballot. Click here for absentee voting details and Maine’s online absentee ballot application which you can download, print, fill out, and mail to your town or city clerk.

How do I locate and contact my municipal clerk?
Click here to find your town or city clerk. 

You can also contact the Secretary of State’s Office for further assistance and questions: 
Office of the Secretary of State
Division of Elections
101 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0101
(207) 287-4186
www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/