Voter Registration/Elections

NOVEMBER 3, 2020 State General & municipal election

Absentee Ballots will become available and provided to voters beginning in early October

Absentee ballots may be requested without specifying a reason.
  • You can request a ballot by calling us at 207-874-8677 or online through the Secretary of State's Office.
  •  Printed ballots will be available early October, and we will issue your ballot as soon as possible after that date. Ballot question initiative language can be obtained here. Sample ballots will be posted when ballots become available. 
  • Ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day.
  • Ballots must be returned to the Clerk's Office in the Merrill Auditorium Lobby via the PortTix entrance and not at your normal polling place. 


WHERE TO VOTE:  Find your polling place here

HOURS:  Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM on Election Day. All polling locations are ADA compliant.

Polling locations will look different in light of COVID-19 safety measures. This means that booths will be spread out, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be plentiful, and election workers will have plexiglass barriers, face shields, and masks. Voters are encouraged to wear a mask or cloth face covering when voting. 

LOCATIONS: Click here for a list of Portland polling places.

Portland residents can register early by mailing in a Voter Registration application to City Clerk's Office, or in person at the City Clerk's Office and on Election Day at their polling place. 

How to Register: In order to register to vote, you must bring identification and something that shows a current address. A driver's license or state identification card with the current address meets both criteria. otherwise, see the State of Maine Website for the necessary documents that are need.

If you mail in your voter registration card, you must send proof of identity such as a photocopy of your driver's license or other photo ID or an acceptable form that shows residency.  You can find the necessary documents on the States website. 
Sample State ballots are available on the State of Maine Website.
View sample Municipal Election ballot.

​registering to vote & absentee voting

You can call the City Clerk's office (207-874-8677) anytime within ninety (90) days of an election to request an absentee ballot or print the November 3, 2020  application from this web site. Completed absentee ballot applications can be mailed to our office or faxed to 874-8612. An absentee ballot may also be requested online via the Secretary of States website. When the ballots are available, we will mail your ballot(s) to you at your home or the address you requested. Sample Ballot.
For more information email:

ELection workers

If you are interested in working at the polls on Election Day, submit an online application for either Election Clerk or Deputy Registrar to the City Clerk's office. These are paid positions, which make $12/hour. No experience necessary; training will be provided. You do not need to be a Portland resident to apply.

Here are all the forms that need to be completed to apply. Proof of citizenship and identity documents need to accompany the I-9 form (a passport or driver's license and SS card/birth cert). Also a voided check or letter from your financial institution confirming bank routing and account # needs to accompany the direct deposit form. All forms need to be signed and dated. 
2020 Federal W-4 Form
2020 State W-4 Form
I-9 Form
Election Form Application