Information for Candidates
Nomination Papers for the November 2020 Election
Available: June 29, 2020
File between August 10 by 9:00 A.M. thru August 24, 2020, Deadline 4:30 P.M.
It is recommended that candidate not wait until the deadline to turn in petitions. This allows time to gather more signatures if necessary in order to qualify as a candidate.
The petition circulator must witness the signatures of each person who signs. Petitions may not be left in stores, etc. to be picked up later.
All nomination papers must be notarized before bringing them to the City Clerk. City Clerk's office cannot notarize these documents.
If you are planning on collecting signatures at the polls on July 14th please be aware of the following guidelines provided by the Secretary of State's Office to protect voters, poll workers, and the local community from COVID-19 infection.
- there will be designated space outside the building, near where voters are entering the voting place, where candidates may stand and greet voters from a distance
- candidates must remain at least 6 feet from queued or passing voters and 6 feet from each other
- candidates must wear cloth face coverings if voters approach within 6 feet of them and should avoid touching or shaking hands with the voters
You shall register your name and the name of your treasurer with the City Clerk no later than 10 days after becoming a candidate or before accepting contributions, making expenditures or incurring obligations.
Campaign Finance Reports
Information and reports for current year candidates AND previous year candidates with surplus funds.
reports are due on: September 22, 2020 by 4:30 P.M.
Reporting Period: Beginning of campaign(or previous election report)-September 15, 2020.
11 day (pre) reports are due on:October 23, 2020 by 4:30 P.M.
Reporting Period: September 16, 2020 - October 20, 2019.
42 day (post) reports are due on:December 15, 2020 by 4:30 P.M.
Reporting Period: Oct. 21 - December 8, 2020.
24 hour report Reporting Period -October 21 through November 2, 2020 (Any single contribution or expense of $1,000.00 or more must be reported within 24 hours.)
Campaign termination information
Termination report form
Campaign signs (on the public way)
Changes were made to the temporary sign laws that became effective June 16, 2020. The new law allows temporary signs, which include campaign signs, to be placed in the right-of-way for up to 6 weeks from January 1st to June 30th and another 6 weeks between July 1st and December 31st. The law further states that individual signs bearing substantially the same message must be placed at least 30 feet from one another and requires that each sign be labeled with the owner's name, address, and the date which the sign was erected. This will help the Maine DOT discern whether a sign is in compliance and also allows the Department to contact an entity if a sign needs to be removed for any reason.
All campaign signs and brochures must clearly indicate who paid for and authorized them. Either by the person or committee's address.