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Elections 2020

 

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Primary & Special Referendum Election, July 14, 2020

On April 10, Governor Mills issued an Executive Order to move Maine's primary and special referendum election to July 14th. The order provides the following:

  • It allows for absentee ballot applications up to and including Election Day.
  • Absentee ballot requests received within 3 months before June 9 remain valid for July 14.
  • Provide safe in-person polling locations.
  • It also extends the deadline for qualifying contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act to May 19, 2020.

On June 3, Governor Mills issued another Executive Order relating to the July 14 primary and special referendum election that further provides the following:

  • It changes the 21-day cutoff for mail and 3rd party registration to a 7-day cutoff.

  • It explicitly allows secure drop boxes for returning absentee ballots.

  • It changes the deadline for clerks to give notice of early absentee processing from 60 to 21 days.

On July 14, 2020, Maine voters will vote to nominate party candidates for the offices of U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Maine State Senate, and Maine State House. You can see a list of candidates here. You must be enrolled in a political party to vote in that party's primary election. Read more here about parties and party enrollment. We will be using ranked choice voting in these primary elections. Read more about ranked choice voting here.

In addition, there will be two bond questions on the ballot in July. You do not need to be a member of any political party to vote on the ballot questions. Learn more about the bond issues here.

  • Question 1: Maine High-Speed Internet Infrastructure Bond: Do you favor a $15,000,000 bond issue to invest in high-speed internet infrastructure for unserved and underserved areas, to be used to match up to $30,000,000 in federal, private, local or other funds?
  • Question 2: Maine Transportation Infrastructure Bond:  Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for improvement of highways and bridges statewide and for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects, to be used to match an estimated $275,000,000 in federal and other funds?

General Election, November 3, 2020

In this statewide election, Maine voters will be voting for the offices of President of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Maine State Senate, and Maine State House. We will be using ranked choice voting in all of the federal elections, including the choice of presidential electors for the office of President of the United States.* We will not be using ranked choice voting in the elections for Maine State Senate or Maine State House. Read more about ranked choice voting here.

*Note that a People's Veto petition is circulating to repeal the new law that requires RCV in the presidential election this November. If the sponsors collect enough signatures by mid-July, that part of the law will be suspended, and we will not use RCV for presidential electors until after the November ballot question on whether to veto the new law.