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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Election Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm


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POLLING PLACE INFORMATION
All of the city’s regular polling place locations will be open on election day from 7am – 8pm. For a complete list of locations, please click here Polling Locations

***To adhere to public health and social distancing guidelines, a limited number of voters at a time will be permitted into the polling location. Other voters may need to wait outside until authorized to enter to maintain the allowable number of persons present in the building.

VERIFY YOUR POLLING PLACE LOCATION
Voters can look up their polling place location by entering their current street address at the Maine Voter Polling Place.

EARLY VOTING AT HOME AND REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
The City is encouraging residents to consider voting by absentee ballot for the safety of both the voters and election workers.  To minimize interaction with others during this public health pandemic (COVID-19), some voters may prefer voting by absentee ballot. Casting an absentee ballot is convenient and secure. Absentee ballots will be available beginning October 5, 2020.

Lewiston v
oters wishing to obtain an absentee ballot and vote from home can order their ballots now by one of three options:

1. Order via website Absentee Ballot by Electronic Request Form
2. Mail, deliver to City Hall drop box or fax your request Absentee Ballot Application
3. Call the City Clerk's Office at 513-3124 to request an absentee ballot

The statewide deadline to request an absentee ballot is by 4pm on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  Please request and return your ballot early enough to allow for postal mail delivery time.

RETURNING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
All completed absentee ballots must be received in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall by 8pm on November 3. You can return your ballot a few ways:

  1. BY MAIL - Please request and return your ballot early enough to allow for postal mail delivery  time. Please factor in time to both have the ballot mailed to you and have it mailed back (at least 5-7 days each way).
  2. OUTSIDE DROP BOX – Look for the red, white and blue absentee ballot drop box by the Park Street entrance door of City Hall, 27 Pine Street. This is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is secure, locked and constantly monitored by a security camera.
  3. IN PERSON – The City Clerk’s Office is on the second floor of City Hall and is open Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4pm.
EARLY VOTING AT CITY HALL
The City’s Early Voting Polling Place will be set up in the City Council Chambers, first floor of City Hall.

Regular Hours:
Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 30, 8:30am - 4pm (week days).
Closed - Monday, October 12, 2020 in recognition of Indigenous People's Day

Extended Hours:
Wednesday, October 14, 4pm - 7pm
Thursday, October 22, 4 - 7pm
Saturday, October 24, 9am - 12noon
Tuesday, October 27, 4pm - 7pm
Friday, October 30, 4pm - 5pm

Here is a flyer with the dates and times that can be printed out: Printable flyer

CDC safety precautions will be in place – workers will be wearing masks and be behind plexiglass barriers, social distance spacing will be implemented, voters will not share pens and voting booths will be sanitized on a regular basis. Voters are strongly encouraged to wear masks while voting.

STATE BALLOT INFORMATION
The candidate ballot will contain races for United States President, United States Senator, U.S. Representative to Congress, State Senate, State Representatives and county offices. For more information about the candidates, please click here

RANKED CHOICE VOTING INFORMATION
The races for US President, US Senate and US Representative to Congress will be conducted by Ranked Choice Voting. The other races will be by traditional vote. 

Instructions for Marking a Ballot Using Ranked Choice Voting
Video Demonstration for Marking a Ballot with Ranked Choice Voting (15 minute video)
Frequently Asked Questions about Ranked Choice Voting
Maine Resources Website for Ranked Choice Voting Information

VOTER REGISTRATION & POLITICAL PARTY ENROLLMENT
Residents are encouraged to update their voter registration information, party enrollment or register to vote prior to Election Day to help reduce lines. For more Information concerning this click here

SAMPLE BALLOTS
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 58 CC1
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 58 CC2
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 58 CC3
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 59 CC2
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 60 CC1
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 60 CC2
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 61 CC1
Sample Ballot for State Representative District 61 CC3
Sample Ballot for All Federal Races - City Wide (backside of ballot)

ELECTION WORKERS
If you are interested in working at the polls on election day or helping to process absentee ballots in advance, please submit an application to the City Clerk's Office.  Election workers are required to wear cloth face coverings while working at the polls. They can wear their own or the one provided by the City. Every election worker will receive their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit at the start of their shift. The kits will contain a face shield, face mask, red pen, gloves, bottle of hand sanitizer and more.

Print Election Worker Application
Election Worker Online Application Submission

Obtaining Election Results 
To be notified via text message or email when the election results are posted on election night, please subscribe to the City’s Notify Me service. To sign up, see the “Elections Results” report option which is the third option on the list at this link.

Questions regarding this election or voter registration can be directed to the Lewiston City Clerk’s Office at
513-3124 or cityclerkoffice@lewistonmaine.gov

 



The Election Cycle

The municipal election is held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in the month of November during the odd-numbered calendar years (such as 2001, 2003, 2005, and so forth). The Mayor and City Council and school board members are elected for two-year terms. All positions are up for election during each municipal election.

The State of Maine general and referendum elections are held annually on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. The primary election is held on the second Tuesday of June of each general election year.

Enrolling in a Political Party


Currently, there are three official political parties within the State of Maine: Democrat, Green-Independent, and Republican. Registered voters may enroll in one of these three political parties. However, voters who wish to register to vote do not have to select a political party. Voters can be registered to vote, but do not have to be enrolled in a political party.

The employees in the Lewiston City Clerk's Office can not answer questions for citizens regarding the purposes and objectives of the various political parties in Maine. Lewiston voters with questions regarding activities of the local political parties are encouraged to contact their local party chairperson, or explore the following links for additional information about each political party:

Additional Resources