Voter Registration/Elections

NOVEMBER 3, 2020 General & municipal election

Latest News:

City Expands Hours for Absentee Voting & Ballot Drop Box Ahead of November 3 Election
Clarification on Election Mailings

absentee voting & early in-person absentee voting

Absentee in-person voting is currently underway in the City Clerk’s temporary office space in the Merrill Auditorium lobby via the Myrtle Street entrance.

  • Regular hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
  • A 24/7 external ballot drop box is now available located outside of the Merrill Auditorium entrance on the Myrtle Street side of City Hall. Please remember to sign the back of the envelope before depositing it in the ballot box. As long as your envelope is signed, the voter or a family member can drop it off for you. 
  • Absentee ballots must be returned to the city/town in which you reside. You cannot use the Merrill Auditorium drop box if you do not have a Portland ballot. Likewise, Portland residents must use this box and not one in another town. 
  • Two Saturdays will be offered on October 17 and 24 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM for in-person absentee voting and dropping off absentee ballots plus voter registration. 
  • On October 29, the Office will be open until 7:00 PM for in-person absentee voting, dropping off ballots, and registering to vote. 
  • The last day to in-person absentee vote is Friday, October 30, 2020.  Please wear a mask when in-person voting. 
Absentee ballots may be requested without specifying a reason.
  • If you have requested an absentee ballot and have now decided that you want to vote in person absentee, please wait to receive your ballot in the mail and then bring your ballot with you. If you no longer wish to absentee vote, then 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. 
  •  Absentee ballots have begun being mailed out. 
  • Citizen initiative referendum ballot questions for Questions A-F can be obtained here
  • View the Sample Municipal Election Ballot
  • Ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 pm on Election Day.
  • Ballots must be returned to the temporary Clerk's Office in the Merrill Auditorium Lobby via the PortTix entrance on Myrtle Street and not at your normal polling place. 
  • You can request a ballot by calling us at 207-874-8677 or online through the Secretary of State's Office.
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 207-874-8612. An absentee ballot may also be requested online via the Secretary of States website. 

registering to vote

The City Clerk's Office wants to ensure everyone can safely register to vote. Portland residents can 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. Portland residents can also register to vote on Election Day at your polling location. 

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 photo ID or an acceptable form that shows residency.  

To learn more, visit the State of Maine Voter Information


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.

sample ballots

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 

ELection workers

Currently, we are fully staffed for the November 3, 2020 Election. 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