Even though the presidential election is not until 2020, many important local and statewide elections are taking place this fall. Your vote in these races can make a significant impact on the policies and decisions that affect your state and town (Read more about Why Local Elections Matter).
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?
Check out Bowdoin Votes “Where Should I Vote Guide?” to help you make this decision! Remember, there is no right or wrong decision. Whatever choice you make, your vote makes a difference.
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.
The Campus Vote Project has in depth details about registration deadlines, ID requirements and the absentee voting process for every state's primaries and general elections.
Registering to vote can be tricky! Please contact Bowdoin Votes with any questions.