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Maine Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Maine you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident in the municipality where you intend to register to vote
  • At least 18 years old to vote (17 year olds may vote in primary elections as long as they will be 18 by the time of the general election).

If you are a student, you have the right to register in the municipality where you attend school, if you have established residency there. You must meet the same residency requirements as all other potential voters, but may not be asked to meet any additional requirements. If you are a student who is not a resident of the municipality in which you attend school, you cannot register in that municipality. You must determine where you have established residency and register to vote there. If residency is determined to be in another municipality or state, absentee voting is possible and encouraged.

If you are incarcerated in a correctional facility or in a county jail, the municipality where you are incarcerated is not neccessarily your voting municipality, unless you resided in that municipality prior to incarceration. If you are incarcerated in a correctional facility you may apply to register to vote in any municipality where you have previously established a fixed and principal home to which you intend to return.

You may have a non traditional residence, including, but not limited to a shelter, park or underpass. Your residency is not subject to challenge on the sole basis that it is non traditional.

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