Your Right to Vote in Maine

"Vote as if your life depends on it. Because it does." - Justin Dart


The articles and links on this page contain information about the voting process in Maine, as well as other resources. If you feel you have been denied the opportunity to vote, please discuss the situation with the local clerk or warden. If you cannot resolve the issue, contact the Elections Division at 207-624-7650. To be eligible to vote in Maine, you must meet the following requirements:

Be 18 years old,
a United States Citizen and a
resident of the municipality in which you want to vote.
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/right.htm

Voter Eligibility in Maine
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/resident.htm

Absentee Voting
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/absent.htm

Maine Voter Guide
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/votguid03a.htm

Maine Department of the Secretary of State
Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions
Division of Elections and Commissions
http://www.state.me.us/sos/cec/elec/elec.htm

Maine eDemocracy Portal
Information about voting and access to democracy.
http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/
edemocracy/index.html

Maine eDemocracy Elections & Voting Page
http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/
edemocracy/elections_voting.html

Maine Electoral Districts based on the 2003 Apportionment
(Find out what voing districts you are in.)
http://www.maine.gov/sos/
cec/elec/apport/apport.htm

MyPollingPlace.com
Where to vote, wherever you are.
http://www.mypollingplace.com/



The Help America Vote Act of 2002

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), enacted by Congress on October 29, 2002, is the most significant piece of federal election reform legislation in the past 30 years. The federal law seeks to enhance the accessibility and integrity of elections across the country and authorizes federal funding to assist states in meeting the law's requirements. HAVA presents Maine with an exciting opportunity to enhance our elections with an unprecedented level of resources.
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/hava/

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 - more information
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/hava/hava.html

HAVAInfo.org
General information and links pertaining to HAVA
http://www.HAVAInfo.org

Voting Rights of People with Mental Disabilities

GUIDE TO IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY OF POLLING PLACES FOR DISABLED VOTERS: On February 20, 2004, the Department of Justice released new guidance to assist local election officials in ensuring that polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities. The new publication, the "ADA Checklist for Polling Places," is available online through the Department of Justice ADA Home Page at http://www.ada.gov and http://www.ada.gov/votingck.htm and by telephone through the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY).


Maine Democratic Party Website:
http://www.mainedems.org/

Maine Republican Party Website:
http://www.mainegop.com/

Maine Green Independent Party Website:
http://www.mainegreens.org/

Libertarian Party of Maine Website:
http://www.lpme.org/


Articles About Voting Issues

Court Overturns Maine Voting Ban
http://www.bazelon.org/issues/voting/news.htm

People with Disabilities and Votiing
The Center for An Accessible Society
http://www.accessiblesociety.org/topics/voting

Legal strategies to Expand the Voting Rights of Citizens with Disabilities
Bazelon Center
http://www.bazelon.org/issues/voting

Advocates Guide to the Help America Vote Act of 2002
AAPD
http://www.aapd-dc.org/dvpmain/elreform/dvpadvoguideHAVA.html

Diebold and the Disabled
http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,65292,00.html

The Power of the Disability Vote (2003 article)

Principal Authors of the Help America Vote Act Oppose Voter-Verified Paper Record (2003 article)

Statement of Principles on Electronic Voting
February 17, 2004
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
http://www.civilrights.org/issues/voting/details.cfm?id=18481

Painting Happy Faces on Black Boxes By Diane Farsetta, AlterNet.
http://www.alternet.org/story/19423





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