NOVEMBER 3, 2020 General & municipal election
Clarification on Election Mailings
absentee voting & early in-person absentee voting
REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT NOW
In Maine, ballots are not available until 30 days before Election Day. Once ballots arrive at City Hall in early October, ballots will be mailed out and early in-person absentee voting at Merrill Auditorium will begin.
Absentee ballots may be requested without specifying a reason.
- You can request a ballot by calling us at 207-874-8677 or online through the Secretary of State's Office.
- Printed ballots will be available early October, and we will issue your ballot as soon as possible after that date. Ballot question initiative language can be obtained here. Sample ballots will be posted when ballots become available.
- Ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day.
- Ballots must be returned to the temporary Clerk's Office in the Merrill Auditorium Lobby via the PortTix entrance on Myrtle Street and not at your normal polling place.
registering to voteThe City Clerk's Office wants to ensure everyone can safely register to vote. Portland residents can register early by mailing in a Voter Registration application or by filling out that form and visiting us in person in the Clerk's temporary space in the Merrill Auditorium Lobby. Portland residents can also register to vote on Election Day at your polling location.
How to Register: In order to register to vote, you must fill out the Voter Registration application and provide documents that show proof of identity and proof of residency. A driver's license or state identification card with the current address meets both criteria.
If you mail in your voter registration card, you must send proof of identity such as a photocopy of your driver's license or other photo ID or an acceptable form that shows residency.
To learn more, visit the State of Maine Voter Information.
WHERE TO VOTE & POLLING LOCATIONS
WHERE TO VOTE: Find your polling place here.
HOURS: Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM on Election Day. All polling locations are ADA compliant.
Polling locations will look different in light of COVID-19 safety measures. This means that booths will be spread out, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be plentiful, and election workers will have plexiglass barriers, face shields, and masks. Voters are encouraged to wear a mask or cloth face covering when voting.
LOCATIONS: Click here for a list of Portland polling places.
Sample State ballots are available on the State of Maine Website.
View sample Municipal Election ballot.
If you are interested in working at the polls on Election Day, submit an online application for either Election Clerk or Deputy Registrar to the City Clerk's office. These are paid positions, which make $12/hour. No experience necessary; training will be provided. You do not need to be a Portland resident to apply.
Here are all the forms that need to be completed to apply. Proof of citizenship and identity documents need to accompany the I-9 form (a passport or driver's license and SS card/birth cert). Also a voided check or letter from your financial institution confirming bank routing and account # needs to accompany the direct deposit form. All forms need to be signed and dated.
2020 Federal W-4 Form
2020 State W-4 Form
Election Form Application