Elections & Voting Information


Tuesday, November 2, 2021 Election - VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT

Portland residents will be voting on the following municipal seats & referendum:

  • District 1, City Council and School Board
  • District 2, City Council and School Board
  • At-Large, City Council and School Board
  • Portland Water District Trustee
  • Peaks Island Council 
  • Citizen Referendum Question

In-Person Absentee Voting - City Hall - Clifford Richardson Room, Room 24, Myrtle St Entrance

In-person early absentee voting is available at City Hall from October 4 through October 28. Hours are 9 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Masks are required. On October 28 only, the Clerk's Office will remain open until 7:00 PM. This is the last day to absentee vote in-person, unless you have an allowed special circumstance. 

Request your absentee ballot online here. To learn more about absentee voting, click here

*Special Circumstances Absentee Voting*

The deadline to request an absentee ballot without a reason for the November 2021 Referendum Election is the close of business on Thursday, October 28th, 2021.

After this deadline, voters may request an absentee ballot by completing and signing a Special Circumstances Application.

On the application the voter must indicate which of the four allowable reasons to request an absentee ballot after the deadline applies to them, as follows:

1. Unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day; or

2. Physical Disability; or

3. Incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility; or

4. Inability to travel to the polls if the voter is a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk's Office 207-874-8677 or the Maine Division of Elections at 207-624-7650


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 room 24, Basement of City Hall. 

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.

election workers

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. 

2021 Federal W-4 Form

2021 State W-4 Form

I-9 Form

Election Form Application