First time voters
Why should you vote?
- Although it is easy to take our right to vote for granted, the reality is that voting makes a tremendous difference for the environment and Maine communities.
- Casting a ballot is your voice in deciding who will serve in office and what positions will be taken on important environmental issues.
- Maine makes it incredibly easy to vote through its no-excuse absentee voting program, same day voter registration, early voting, and more.
- If you haven’t voted in Maine before, you’ll need to establish residency. Learn more about residency here.
- Then, you’ll need to register to vote. See our resources on voter registration to get started.
- Finally, make a plan to cast your ballot. See our resources on voting in person, voting early, and absentee voting.
Can I vote in the town where I go to school?
- Students are eligible to register and vote in the town where they go to school.
- Students must establish residency in the town where they wish to vote. Learn more about residency under Maine’s election laws here.
Can I still vote in Maine if I go to school in another state?
- Yes, you can still register and vote at your parents’ home address. But, if you establish residency in a new state or town, you will no longer be able to vote where you were previously registered.