Elections & Voting Information

Nomination Papers for Charter Commissioners Available February 1

nomination papers will be available for the Charter Commissioner seats on February 1, 2021. The deadline to turn in the nomination papers is March 29, 2021.


The following seats are available:   


District 1 - one seat

District 2 - one seat

District 3 - one seat

District 4 -one seat

District 5 - one seat

At-Large - four seats.


The public must use the Myrtle Street Entrance to gain access. Masks are required to enter the building as well as health screening questions. 

City of Portland voters approved creating a Charter Commission to open up review of the City Charter during the July 14, 2020 Election. 


On August 10, 2020, the City Council approved the appointment of three members to serve on the Charter Commission and established that nine additional members elected by Portland voters will serve on the Commission. 


Voters will elect the remaining nine members of the Commission on June 8, 2021, and then the Charter Commission will begin its work of reviewing the City Charter.


For more information, please call the Clerk's office at 207-874-8677 or email elections@portlandmaine.gov

General & municipal elections


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 to vote on Election Day at your polling location. 

Portland residents can also register early by mailing in a Voter Registration application or by filling out that form and visiting us in person in the Clerk's temporary space in the Merrill Auditorium Lobby. 

How to Register: In order to register to vote, you must fill out the Voter Registration application and provide documents that show proof of identity and proof of residency. A driver's license or state identification card with the current address meets both criteria. 

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 ID or an acceptable form that shows residency.  

To learn more, visit the State of Maine Voter Information


Sample State ballots are available on the State of Maine Website.

View sample Municipal Election ballot.

Citizen initiative referendum ballot questions for Questions A-F can be obtained here

absentee voting & early in-person absentee voting

all absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 pm on election day, . they must be returned to the clerk's office or the outside 24/7 drop box and not to your polling location. 

  • If you requested an absentee ballot and have now decided that you want to vote in person, you can vote at your polling place on Election Day as long as you have not returned your absentee ballot.
  • Track your absentee ballot request status through the Secretary of State's new tracking tool. You can also use this tool to see when your completed ballot was returned and accepted by the Clerk's Office.

ELection workers

To work future elections, please come back to this site at a later date.    
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