July 2020 Primary - Voter Information
You may have questions about how Covid-19 is impacting voting in Maine. MFP is committed to providing accurate information to support you in exercising your right to vote. Here are some highlights and links to resources for further information. To get started, we recommend watching this informative video by Maine Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap, for an explanation of changes to voting in July’s primary. The transcript of the video is available.
- In an executive order, Governor Janet Mills moved the date of Maine’s primary election to Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
- The Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap, is encouraging Maine voters to cast absentee ballots if possible, in order to promote community health and safety, and to protect election workers.
- If you are a registered voter, you can request an absentee ballot online here.
- There is no deadline for requesting an absentee ballot, which is a change from previous rules for this process. However, you need to request it far enough in advance to ensure you can mail it to the city/town election clerk in time to be received and counted. Ballots must be submitted by 8 PM on election day.
- You will need postage to mail in your absentee ballot, or you can deliver it personally to your town/city clerk. If you need help finding your town clerk, look here.
THE PRIMARY BALLOT
- Offices included in the 2020 Primary Election: United States Senator, Representative to Congress (both districts), all 35 State Senate districts, all 151 State Representative districts, and the following county offices, which vary depending on the county: Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, District Attorney and County Commissioner.
- You must be enrolled in a political party to vote in that party’s primary election.
- Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) will be used in the primary election. If you need more information on how RCV works, you can find resources here.
- There will also 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.
- 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?
HOW DO I REGISTER?
- If you are a new voter, the deadline to register is June 23rd.
- There is not an online voter registration process currently available.
- You can download a voter registration form here and mail it in.
- Voters who have already registered but have not enrolled in a party may enroll in a party at the polls on Election Day. Any voter who wishes to change party enrollment must do so at least 15 days before they vote. For the primary election now scheduled for July 14, that would be on or before June 29.
- If you are unable to vote by absentee ballot, you can look up your polling location by entering your address here.
- Voters will be subject to distancing and hygiene measures at polling places, which may require longer wait times. Plan accordingly.
POLICY & LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
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1) The right to not have children.
2) The right to have children.
3) The right to parent children in healthy & safe environments.
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