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THIS VIDEO IS OUTDATED. A new video is being produced for the 2018 Primary Elections and it will be posted to this channel in September 2018. Once the new video is finished, we will link to it in this description so that you can find it easily.

How to vote in Maine! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!

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LINKS:

Check your registration status: http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php

Printable voter registration card: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/data/voterregcard2012.pdf

Request an absentee/mail ballot: http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl

Find your early voting location: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/munic.html

Find your polling place & hours: http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php
(also use this link to find a sample ballot)

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More states: http://www.youtube.com/howtovoteineverystate

Google's simple "How to Register" system: https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&espv=2&q=how+to+register+to+vote
(Intro)

Hello Maine. If you want to vote, first you have to get registered to vote, and you can check to see if you're already registered by visiting the link in the description. If you're not registered, or you need to update your name or address, you can do that by going in person to your town or city hall, a DMV office, or a state or federal social service agency and asking for a voter registration card. Or you can download a registration card at the link in the description and mail it in. The deadline to register by mail is October 18th, but if you register in person there is no deadline, you can register up to and even on November 8th.

Once you've registered, you have a few options for how you can vote. Any registered voter in Maine is allowed to vote absentee by mail for any reason. From August 8th until November 3rd, you can request your absentee ballot online using the link in the description. We suggest that you do that. If you really want to request your ballot by mail, there's a printable form there as well. After that, you will get your ballot in the mail and all you have to do is fill it out at your own pace and send it back so that it arrives at your municipal clerk's office by 8 pm on election day.

You can also vote early in person at your municipal clerk's office during normal business hours from October 9th to November 7th. There's a link in the description that will tell you where you can vote early.

If you really want that in-person voting experience on November 8th, you can head to the polls between 6 am and 8 pm in most places. If you live in a small town with less than 500 people, your voting location could open up as late as 10 am, so when you go to the link below to find out where to vote, make sure you double check the hours as well. You'll be asked to show a Maine driver's license or state ID, or give the last 4 digits of your social security number to verify your identity, so make sure you have at least one of those things ready.

On the same website you used to look up your polling place, you can find a sample ballot that tells you everything you'll be able to vote for in your county. Now you don't have to vote for every single item on the ballot. You can leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections can be very important, so it's worth checking out what's on there ahead of time. You can even print out a sample ballot, fill it out, and bring it with you to the polls, so you don't forget what you wanted to vote for. All the links you need to check your registration, your polling location, get signed up for absentee voting, and get your sample ballot will be in the description. Thank you for voting.