July 14, 2020 is Primary Election Day - Your Vote Matters!
Due to the pandemic, the Maine Secretary of State’s office rescheduled the primary election to July 14, 2020. This election will be different than past elections due to restrictions on gatherings and other pandemic-related guidance. Municipalities across the state are recommending that voters avail themselves of absentee ballots. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by telephone or online is 5 p.m. on July 9th, 2020, but you may vote absentee at your town or city hall anytime.
If you do plan to vote by mail, there is still time to request an absentee ballot, but don’t wait too much longer. It can take 5 to 7 days in each direction (to you and back to your town clerk’s office). Again, if you run out of time, you can drop off your ballot in person to your town or city hall right up to election day.
We have pulled together a list of resources to help you with primary election day voting:
- You can request a ballot here and look up your town clerk to ask for more information here.
- To register to vote, you can do so in person up to the day of the election or if by mail, you have until “the 21st day before the election,” which is June 23rd. The State of Maine Voter Guide has a terrific FAQ about how to register to vote.
- How will Covid-19 Prevention Measures Affect my Election Day experience?
- Candidates Listing(xls) – As of 4:00 p.m. 5/8/2020
- List of Declared Write-in Candidates(xls) – As of 5/15/2020 filing deadline.
- Description of the State Primary Election
- Link to: Information about Absentee Voting
Questions appearing on the July 14, 2020 Special Referendum Election Ballot Treasurer’s Statement – PDF
Question 1: Bond Issue
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Infrastructure to Improve Internet Connections
“Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas, to be used to match up to $30,000,000 in federal, private, local or other funds?”
Question 2: Bond Issue
An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Infrastructure to Improve Transportation
“Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for improvement of highways and bridges statewide and for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects, to be used to match an estimated $275,000,000 in federal and other funds?”
November 3, 2020 – General (Presidential) and Potential State Referendum Election
Ranked-choice Voting (RCV)
Ranked-choice voting will be used in the 2020 State Primary and General elections. Visit the Secretary of State’s office for RCV Resources page for more information about ranked-choice voting, including Frequently Asked Questions and sample ballots.
Contact the Elections Division