Elections & Voting Information

The City of Portland’s City Clerk’s Office will be closed on Monday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 10. 

This will allow staff to do a precautionary deep cleaning and sanitizing of the temporary office and voting space in the Merrill Auditorium Lobby and move the Clerk’s operations to Room 24 of City Hall now that the election is over. Due to the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11, the Clerk’s Office will reopen on Thursday, November 12 in Room 24 with access to the public from the Myrtle Street entrance of City Hall.  

NOVEMBER 3, 2020 General & municipal election


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

absentee voting ended on friday, october 30. all absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 pm on election day, november 3, 2020. they must be returned to the clerk's office at merrill auditorium 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

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