It’s that easy: vote by mail
It's that easy: Vote by mail
It’s that easy: Get out your favorite pen and VOTE (… for me!)!
I have never voted absentee because I love the bustle of polls and the spectacle of American democracy. But, right now, in the age of COVID-19, we need to ensure that we are kept safe from transmission so I opted to request my ballot early. I will still get to witness the polls when I deliver my ballot at the Presque Isle Parks & Rec Center.
This will be an important option for us all this Fall, too.
Register to vote in Presque Isle
The following information can be found at:
You can register to vote either at the City Clerk’s Office, Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM or at the polls on election day.
New Voter Registration
If you are registering in the City of Presque Isle for the first time, please make sure everything is filled out on your voter registration card. In order to register, you must provide identification and proof of residency. Acceptable forms of identification and residency include a Maine driver’s license, Maine ID card, passport, passport card and military ID. If you do not have a current Maine License, other acceptable proofs of residency include: a rent receipt, utility bill or piece of mail with your name on it. However, mail marked ‘Resident’ is not acceptable.
To obtain an absentee ballot for future elections, you can make a request no later than the Thursday prior to the Election.
- Via the State of Maine (click the following link https://www1.maine.gov/online/AbsenteeBallot/11_14.pdf)
- By telephone at 207-760-2720. Note: You can only request your own ballot.
- In person, at the City Clerk’s office located at City Hall, 12 Second Street.
Party Enrollments (Primary Elections Only)
If you are enrolled in a party (Republican, Democrat or Green Independent), and want to change your party, you must do so 15 days before the primary. NOTE: You must to stay in that party for at least three months.
If you are “unenrolled”, you may choose a party at any time. If you do not wish to choose a party, you are still able to vote on local issues such as council seats and school budget questions.
State of Maine Voter Guide
The complete State of Maine Voter Guide can be found online here:
By voting, you are keeping Maine’s democracy strong and continuing a long history of citizen participation in the governing of our state and nation.
It’s easy to take our right to vote for granted–to decide that voting isn’t worth the effort or “doesn’t make a difference.”
The reality is that voting makes a tremendous difference. By casting a ballot, each citizen has a voice in deciding who will serve in office and what positions will be taken on major issues.
Voting is of critical importance to the strength and vitality of our system of government, and I congratulate you for recognizing its significance.
For our democracy to work, we must all participate in the process. Please register and vote and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.
The below information can be found online here:
After completing and signing the voter registration application, voters are encouraged to mail it or deliver it directly to the Municipal Clerk or Registrar of Voters in the municipality where they live, to avoid delays in processing. (See the link to the Listing of Municipal Clerks/Registrars below.)
Application for Absentee Ballot – November 3, 2020 General Election – Fillable PDF Word
After completing and signing the absentee ballot application, voters are encouraged to mail it or deliver it directly to the Municipal Clerk or Registrar of Voters in the municipality where they live, to avoid delays in processing. (See the link to the Listing of Municipal Clerks/Registrars below.)
Absentee ballots will become available and will be provided to voters beginning in early October.
Listing of Municipal Clerks and Registrars and Office Addresses
Non-Party Candidates Listing (xls) – As of July 1, 2020 Filing Deadline
Serve as a poll worker
Every town and city in Maine needs citizens like you to help administer the election. Visit the Maine Election Worker Recruitment webpage for more information about the qualifications, duties and benefits of helping your town at the polls on Election Day.
Maine Political Parties
Maine currently has three qualified parties: Democratic, Green Independent and Republican that may participate in primary elections. (Note: although some unenrolled candidates choose to designate themselves as “Independent,” there is no “Independent” party in Maine.)
Ranked-choice Voting (RCV)
Ranked-choice voting will be used in the 2020 State Primary and General elections. Visit our RCV Resources page for more information about ranked-choice voting, including Frequently Asked Questions and sample ballots.
Contact the Elections Division