The general municipal election on November 5th is coming quickly. Are you registered, researched and ready?
How do you register to vote? You fill out a voter registration card. You can register until/on Election Day. You must register in person and must show ID and proof of where you live. ( 21-A MRSA §121) Where do you register to vote? You can register to vote at your town office or city hall, or through any Motor Vehicle branch office. Completed voter registration cards may be hand delivered (it is too late to mail a voter registration card) to your town office or city hall, or to the Secretary of State’s Office in Augusta.
If you’ve already registered, but wish to verify your registration, contact the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions, your town office or city hall.
Also, make sure you know where you go to cast your vote; find your local polling place. .
RESEARCH THE CANDIDATES AND ISSUES
- Go to Maine.gov for voter information look up; to find out who the candidates are in your district. Also, if you live in Portland you can look up your district information on the city’s webpage.
- Read the Maine Citizens Guide to the Referendum Election – inside this booklet, you will find the referendum questions, the legislation each question represents, a summary of the intent and content of the legislation, an explanation of the significance of a “yes” or “no” vote, and much more information.
- The League of Women Voters of Maine will be putting out a voter guide for the statewide ballot issues (not published yet – stay tuned!).
- Find sample ballots on the City of Portland webpage, here you will find local candidates names and also a summary on Question 1 re: recreational use of marijuana by adults ages 21 and older. ***Since the ballot is different for each town, look for voter information and a sample ballot on your town’s website. Sample ballots may not be available very far in advance of the election. If your town has not posted a sample ballot, you can call them and ask them to do so. Find contact information for your town on the State of Maine website.
- Use your PPL card to access library databases including Global Issues in Context (a colorful wealth of resources explaining the background and viewpoints necessary for understanding global issues, conflicts, and events), Opposing Viewpoints (an online resource covering today’s hottest social issues) and the Maine Newsstand (an index to and full text coverage of five Maine newspapers).