Elections & Voting Information
June 8, 2021 Special Municipal Election
Election for the **Charter Commissioners and School Budget Referendum
**THE FOLLOWING CANDIATES RUNNING FOR THE CHARTER COMMISSION HAVE WITHDRAWN,
VOTES CAST FOR THEM WILL NOT BE COUNTED
Hope Rovelto, At-large
Emma Burnett, District 2
Twain Braden, District 1
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.
REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOTAn absentee ballot may be requested by using our online form below. You can also call the City Clerk's office at 207-874-8677 M-F, 9:00am to 4:30pm or by mailing, faxing, or emailing a completed June 8, 2021 absentee ballot application. Mail to the City Clerk's Office at 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101, fax to 207-874-8612, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 11 Update: Absentee ballots are now available! If you have already requested one, it will be sent to you soon. The last day to request ballots is Friday, June 4, 2021. Early in-person absentee voting is now available in the Merrill Auditorium Box Office lobby. You can visit them Mon - Fri, 9 AM to 4:30 PM. On Thursday, June 3 only, the Clerk's Office will stay open until 7:00 PM.
sample ballotView it here.
As of May 11, early in-person absentee voting is now open in the Merrill Auditorium Box Office lobby during regular office hours.
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 AND NOT TO YOUR POLLING LOCATION.
There is an external drop box outside of City Hall on the Myrtle Street side in which you can return your absentee ballot 24/7.
WHERE TO VOTE & POLLING LOCATIONS
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.
REGISTERING TO VOTE
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 room 24, Basement of City Hall.
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.
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.