Election Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Polls open at 8 am and close at 8 pm
Polling Place: Camden Public Safety Building
31 Washington Street, Camden, Maine
EARLY VOTING AT TOWN HALL
STATE BALLOT INFORMATION
Questions regarding this election or voter registration can be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at 207-236-3353 ext 1 or email@example.com
Sample ballots will be posted here once we receive them, which is usually around the first full week of October.
How do I register to vote?
As of January 1, 2020, 16-year olds may pre-register to vote. You must be 18 years old to actually vote. Note: At Primary Elections a 17 is eligible to vote a candidate ballot if they will be 18 by the November General Election. They cannot vote a referendum ballot though at the Primary Election, Municipal Election, or School Election.
Where do I go to register?
You may register to vote at your Town Office, through any motor Vehicle branch office or at voter registration drives. Completed voter registration cards may be delivered by hand or mailed to the Town Clerk's Office. Note: If less than 21 days before an election, you must register in person.
Political parties recognized in the State of Maine
- Democratic Party
- Green Independent Party
- Republican Party
* Note: The Alliance Party, Libertarian Party, and Socialist Party did not meet the state voter registration enrollment requirements, so they have been disqualified. All voters who enrolled in these party's will now be considered "unenrolled".
Unenrolled -This means you are not affiliated with any of the above parties. Voters who want a designation of “Independent” are designated as Unenrolled on the voter list.
Enrollment Eligibility for November General & Referendum Elections- In a general election it does not matter what party you are in. Each voter will be given a ballot that has candidates from all the political party designations and independents as well. You can vote for any candidate that you want.
Primary Elections, Caucus & Convention Enrollment Eligibility
A voter who files an application to change enrollment is ineligible to vote in a party caucus, convention or a Primary Election for 15 days after submitting the application to the Registrar. **Exception to 15-day ineligibility: Voters who move to a new municipality may enroll in a different party with no 15-day waiting period. They get a "clean slate" when they move.
Unenrolled voters - May enroll at any time, including Election Day, by completing and filing a new voter registration application with the Municipal Registrar - this is not considered a change of enrollment. If a unenrolled voter chooses not to enroll in a party they will not be eligible to vote a party candidate ballot, but they can vote a referendum ballot. A voter who enrolls on Election Day is ineligible to file a withdrawal application after voting.
How long must a voter remain in a party? - Voters must remain in a party for 3 months before the voter can file an application for either a withdrawal (go to unenrolled) or a change in enrollment. A voter who enrolls on Election Day is ineligible to file a withdrawal application after voting. The voter must wait 3 months before filing an application to withdraw or change parties.
Are there other restrictions on withdrawal from a party? - There is also a 15-day waiting period for a voter who withdraws from a party, unless voter has moved to a new municipality. The voter is ineligible to enroll in a different party for 15 days. A voter may re-enroll in the same party within 15 days after filing a written request for withdrawal from a party.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
All residents vote at the Camden Public Safety Building, 31 Washington Street. The polls are open from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
For more information about registration, statewide referenda and candidates, we suggest the Maine Secretary of State's Elections page.
WHO IS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE?
A "write-in candidate" is a person:
- Whose name is not printed on the ballot; and
- Who otherwise fulfills the qualifications for the office designated; and
- Who receives one or more valid write-in votes for an office listed on a primary, general or special election ballot; and
HOW DOES A VOTER CAST A WRITE-IN VOTE?
A voter must mark the write-in indicator (oval) as instructed on the ballot;
The voter must also write the name in the blank space provided at the end of the list of candidates for that office.
MINIMUM NUMBER OF VOTES NEEDED
For a General Election: the person receiving the greatest number of votes is elected.
RANKED CHOICE VOTING - Some races on the November 6, 2018 General election ballot will be determined via Ranked-choice voting which means the ballot will be laid out a bit differently to allow voters to "rank their choice" of candidates for each race as follows: first choice, second choice, third choice and so forth.
For more information on Ranked-choice voting you can visit the Department of the Secretary of State "Resources for Ranked-choice voting" webpage.