The Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in Maine are on March 3, 2020. This year Maine is a part of Super Tuesday, when many states hold their primary and deliver delegates to the candidate of their choice. To vote in the Democratic Primary you must be a registered Democrat, and to vote in the in the Republican Primary you must be a registered Republican. You can change your party affiliation after you vote, but party registration is required for the primary.
The general election for president will be held on November 3, 2020. Any registered voter can vote for any candidate, no matter their party affiliation.
Follow our guides to make sure you are ready to make your voice heard on election day!
Check if you are already registered to vote here. If you are not sure where you are registered, then submit the form multiple times using the possible addresses that you may be registered under (i.e. your home address or your dorm address).
If the lookup tool above does not find you, but you believe you are registered, contact your local election official to check their rolls.
As a student in Maine, you are eligible to vote either in Maine or in your home state. However, you cannot vote in both states (voting twice is considered election fraud and is a felony)! As you get ready to vote, you must first decide where to register. Questions to consider while making this decision:
- Are you attached to local politics in your state? Is your attachment to your home state local politics greater than your attachment to Maine politics?
- Where will your vote matter more in determining state and federal politics? Do you live in a competitive House or Senate district? Is your home state hosting a gubernatorial election this year? Is your home district a key swing district in the makeup of your state’s senate or congressional chambers?
- Do you envision yourself remaining in Maine, and getting involved with Maine politics?
- Have the primary registration deadlines passed, either for your home state or for Maine?
If you are already registered in your home state, but would like to switch your registration to Maine, then visit our page Register in Maine.
For students who have registered in previous elections in Maine, you may have to re-register. This is because your residence has probably changed from the last time you registered. For example, if you registered as a freshman in residence in Moore Hall, but now you are a junior who lives in Coles Tower, you need to submit a new registration form with your new address in order to vote on election day. See Register in Maine.
Registering to vote can be tricky! Please contact Bowdoin Votes with any questions.