Maine 2020 Elections Timeline

Indivisible MDI is dedicated to resisting corruption, racism, authoritarianism and their destructive effect on our democracy. We advocate for policies which protect our democracy and promote equity and justice for all.

The best way to defend our democracy is to exercise our right and responsibility to VOTE!

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2020 Election Timeline (last updated: 1/15/2020)

Prepared by Indivisible MDI

This timeline will be updated as we learn more information.

Voter Registration Information

Maine Secretary of State Election Information Website

Recognized political parties in Maine at the present time are (in alphabetical order): Democrat, Green Independent, Republican.

Voters may register or change their voter registration at their Town Office.

Voters may indicate a preference (enroll in) a political party at their Town Office.

Only voters enrolled in a political party will be able to vote in that party’s Primary.

Only voters enrolled in a political party will be able to participate in that party’s Caucus.

Unenrolled voters can enroll in a party at any time, including Election Day, and vote in a party’s Primary election as soon as they are enrolled.

State law requires a 15-day waiting period after a change of enrollment before a citizen can cast a ballot in that party’s primary or participate in its caucus or convention.

Voters must remain in a party for three months before they are eligible to file an application for withdrawal or a change in enrollment. Additionally, those who withdraw from a party are ineligible to enroll in a different party for 15 days.

Tips to Protect Your Vote and Voter Registration

TODAY (a starting place) – BECOME INFORMED

Learn about candidates, work for them (talk with neighbors, make phone calls, do canvassing, donate dollars)

Monday February 3In person absentee voting for March Presidential primary begins

Go to your Town Office and VOTE. You can vote at your Town Office or take the ballot home, complete it, and RETURN it to the Town Office. YOU NEED TO VOTE!!!

For people who want to vote in the Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday March 3, voter registration applications need to be POSTMARKED (if being mailed) or turned into Town Clerk (if being hand delivered – when the Town Office is open, usually Monday – Friday.)

Thursday, February 27 – Last day for in-person absentee voting; last day to request absentee ballot

Tuesday, March 3 – SUPER TUESDAY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY- VOTE AND Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

*** NO RANKED CHOICE VOTING ***

If you have not voted yet, YOU MUST VOTE!!

SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE!!

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)!! Who are you going to call to remind them to vote? Who are you going to give a ride to their polling place?

Sunday, March 8 – Municipal Caucuses

Yes, these take time. They are used to build the infrastructure to win elections. Delegates to the Maine State Democratic Convention will be selected. The theme this year in Maine is Rise and Organize. Do something. Attend a municipal caucus.

Monday, May 11 – In person absentee voting for Maine State Primary (including selecting a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate) begins

Go to your Town Office and VOTE. You can vote at your Town Office or take the ballot home, complete it, and RETURN it to the Town Office. YOU NEED TO VOTE!!!

Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31 – Maine State Democratic Convention, Bangor

Delegates to the national convention will be elected, there will be discussion and voting on the Democratic Party platform, and you will get to see and hear our Democratic candidates in person.

Tuesday, June 9 – Maine State Primary – VOTE AND GOTV

*** RANKED CHOICE VOTING FOR FEDERAL CANDIDATES ***

U.S. House of Representativees, U.S. Senate, local and state offices

If you have not voted yet, YOU MUST VOTE!!

SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE!!

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)!! Who are you going to call to remind them to vote? Who are you going to give a ride to their polling place?

July 13 – 16, Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Nominees for President and Vice President will be selected, and the Democratic party platform will be adopted.

CANVASS

Monday, August 3 Absentee ballots may be requested on-line

http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

CANVASS

Monday, October 5 – In person absentee voting for November Election Day begins

Go to your Town Office and VOTE. You can vote at your Town Office or take the ballot home, complete it, and RETURN it to the Town Office. YOU NEED TO VOTE!!

CANVASS

Thursday, October 29 – Last day for in-person absentee voting; last day to request absentee ballot

CANVASS

Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day – VOTE AND GOTV

*** RANKED CHOICE VOTING FOR FEDERAL CANDIDATES ***

YOU AND YOUR WORK WILL ALLOW US TO ELECT A DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY U.S. SENATE, U.S. HOUSE, AND DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT.

If you have not voted yet, YOU MUST VOTE!!

SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE!!

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)!!

Who are you going to call to remind them to vote? Who are you going to give a ride to their polling place?

P.S. We know that making telephone calls may be scary for some. We know that canvassing is scary for some. We know that GOTV work is scary for some. It is for many. Do it. Do it with a friend. Just do it.