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When's The Next Election?

June 13, 2017
Maine : Special Referendum Election
November 7, 2017
Maine : Potential Referendum Election
November 6, 2018
Maine : Gubernatorial Election Day

Did You Know?


English colonists led by George Popham established Fort St. George in Maine in 1607, the same year Jamestown, Virginia, was founded. Overwhelmed by the harsh climate and left leaderless after Popham’s death, the colonists returned to England a year later—resulting in Jamestown being regarded as the first permanent colony in North America.

Agamenticus was the first city to be chartered in the United States in 1641. In 1642, it was renamed Gorgeana and incorporated as the first city. When the Massachusetts Bay Colony annexed southwestern Maine in 1652, Gorgeana was reincorporated as York.

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Due to a long stretch of drought-like conditions that began in the summer of 1947, a series of subsequent fires destroyed more than 200,000 acres in what became known as “the year Maine burned.”

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The Ice Storm of 1998, which knocked out power to half of the state for more than two weeks in January and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages, is considered to be one of the worst natural disasters in Maine’s history.

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Eastport is the easternmost city in the continental United States. Only slightly further east is the town of Lubec, Maine.

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More than 100 million pounds of lobster were harvested off the coast of Maine in 2011. Now generally considered to be an expensive delicacy, lobsters were commonly fed to inmates and indentured servants, or ground up and used as fertilizer, during the colonial era.

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Maine was a district of the state of Massachusetts until 1820.

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Maine grows 98% of the nation’s blueberries.

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State of Maine Quick Facts
  • Current Population:1,329,328
  • Voter Registration Deadline: Election day
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 4
  • Congressional Districts: 2
  • Date of Statehood: March 15, 1820
  • Size: 35,384 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Pine Tree State; Vacationland
  • Tree: White Pine
  • Flower: White Pine Cone
  • Bird: Chickadee
Registered Voters

Total : 982,532

  • Democratic : 319,679
  • Green Indepent : 39,133
  • Republican : 264,673
  • Unenrolled : 359,047

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Maine?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Maine.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    MAINE : Yes

    You can register in person at the registrar's office at any time up to and including Election Day, as long as you show proof of identity and residence.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Maine?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Maine, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    You can register in person at any elected officials

    By Mail

    print and sign Mail it to your

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Maine state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Maine State Government

    Maine Constitution


    We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.

    All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

    All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.

    The Executive Branch
    Maine state capitol

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor. The governor shall be commander in chief of the army and navy of the state, and of the militia, except when the same are called into the actual service of the United States.

    Maine Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • The Treasurer (Appointed)
  • Legislative Branch
    Maine state capitol

    Legislative Power

    The powers of this government shall be divided into 3 distinct departments, the legislative, executive and judicial.

    No person or persons, belonging to one of these departments, shall exercise any of the powers properly belonging to either of the others, except in the cases herein expressly directed or permitted.

    The legislative power shall be vested in 2 distinct branches, a House of Representatives, and a Senate, each to have a negative on the other, and both to be styled the Legislature of Maine, but the people reserve to themselves power to propose laws and to enact or reject the same at the polls independent of the Legislature, and also reserve power at their own option to approve or reject at the polls any Act, bill, resolve or resolution passed by the joint action of both branches of the Legislature, and the style of their laws and Acts shall be, "Be it enacted by the people of the State of Maine."

    The Senate shall consist of an odd number of Senators, not less than 31 nor more than 35, elected at the same time and for the same term as Representatives by the qualified electors of the districts into which the State shall be from time to time divided.

    Judicial Branch
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    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of this state shall be vested in a Supreme Judicial Court, and such other courts as the Legislature shall from time to time establish.

    The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court and the judges of other courts shall, at stated times receive a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office; but they shall receive no other fee or reward for their services as justices or judges.

    Maine Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(151)
    State Senators(35)
    US Representatives(2)
    US Senators(2)
    State Executives
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Maine Executive Offices
    The Governor

    The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor.


    The governor shall, at the commencement of the governor's term, be not less than 30 years of age; a citizen of the United States for at least 15 years, have been 5 years a resident of the state; and at the time of election and during the term for which elected, be a resident of said state.


    The governor shall be elected by the qualified electors, and shall hold the office for 4 years from the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday of January next following the election and until the successor to the governor has been duly elected and qualified. The person who has served 2 consecutive popular elective 4-year terms of office as governor shall be ineligible to succeed himself or herself.

    Term of Office

    Shall hold the office for 4 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    The person who has served 2 consecutive terms.



    Qualification age

    Be not less than 30 years of age.

    The Attorney General

    The Attorney General shall be chosen biennially by joint ballot of the Senators and Representatives in convention. Vacancy in said office occurring when the Legislature is not in session, may be filled by appointment by the Governor, subject to confirmation as required by this Constitution for Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court.



    The Maine Attorney General is elected by secret ballot of the legislature. It is one of the first tasks of each newly sworn-in legislature. Maine is the only state to select its attorney general in this manner.

    Term of Office

    The attorney general is limited to four terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Each lasting two years.



    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State

    The Secretary of State shall be chosen biennially at the first session of the Legislature, by joint ballot of the Senators and Representatives in convention


    There are no specific qualifications for this office.


    the secretary of state is appointed by the governor and affirmed by a joint committee of both houses and then is reviewed by the Maine Senate.

    Term of Office

    The secretary of state is elected to two-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    The secretary of state is limited to four two-year terms.



    Qualification age

    The Treasurer



    The Treasurer shall be chosen biennially at the first session of the Legislature, by joint ballot of the Senators and Representatives in convention.

    Term of Office

    The Treasurer is elected to two-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    The Treasurer is limited to four two-year terms.



    Qualification age

    Maine State Congress
    The State House

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, deciding all questions of order, and appointing all committee members.


    No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives, unless the person shall, at the commencement of the period for which the person is elected, have been 5 years a citizen of the United States, have arrived at the age of 21 years, have been a resident in this State one year; and for the 3 months next preceding the time of this person's election shall have been, and, during the period for which elected, shall continue to be a resident in the district which that person represents.


    The House of Representatives shall consist of 151 members, to be elected by the qualified electors, and hold their office 2 years from the day next preceding the first Wednesday in December following the general election.

    Term of Office

    Hold their office 2 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

    Sess 1. salary

    $14,074/year Sess. 1.

    Sess 2. salary

    $9,982/year Sess. 2 + per diem.

    Qualification age

    Have arrived at the age of 21 years.

    The State Senate

    The Senate shall have the sole power to try all impeachments, and when sitting for that purpose shall be on oath or affirmation, and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of 2/3 of the members present.


    The Senators shall be 25 years of age at the commencement of the term, for which they are elected, and in all other respects their qualifications shall be the same as those of the Representatives.


    The meetings within this State for the election of Senators shall be notified, held and regulated and the votes received, sorted, counted, declared and recorded, in the same manner as those for Representatives.

    Term of Office

    Length of term 2 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Subject to term limits of no more than four two-year terms, or a total of eight years.

    Sess 1. Salary

    $14,074/year Sess. 1.

    Sess 2. Salary

    $9,982/year Sess. 2 + per diem.

    Qualification age

    The senators shall be 25 years of age.

    Maine State Courts
    The Supreme Judicial Court

    The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court shall be obliged to give their opinion upon important questions of law, and upon solemn occasions, when required by the Governor, Senate or House of Representatives.



    All judicial officers appointed by the governor shall hold their offices for the term of 7 years from the time of their respective appointments.

    Term of Office

    Seven justices serve on the court, and each serves a seven-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    With an unlimited number of terms.

    Chief salary


    Associates salary


    Qualification age

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