Elections

 

State Primary & Special Referendum Election and
Municipal School Budget Validation Election

Election Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm


Voters must be enrolled in a political party to participate in the State Primary.  All voters can participate in the Special State Referendum election and Municipal School Budget election.

The polling place location for this election is Longley School, 145 Birch Street.  To adhere to public health and social distancing guidelines, a limited number of voters at a time will be permitted into the polling location.  Other voters may need to wait outside until authorized to enter to maintain the allowable number of persons present in the building.

EARLY VOTING AT HOME
The City is encouraging residents to consider voting by absentee ballot for the safety of both the voters and election workers.  to minimize interaction with others during this public health pandemic (COVID-19), some voters may prefer voting by absentee ballot. Casting an absentee ballot is convenient and secure. Absentee ballots will be available beginning June 14, 2020.

Lewiston v
oters wishing to obtain an absentee ballot and vote from home can order their ballots now by one of three options:

1. Order via website Absentee Ballot by Electronic Request Form
2. Mail, deliver to City Hall drop box or fax your request Absentee Ballot Application
3. Call the City Clerk's Office at 513-3124 to request an absentee ballot

The statewide deadline to request an absentee ballot is July 14, 2020.  All completed absentee ballots must be received in the City Clerk's Office at City Hall by 8pm on July 14, 2020.  Please request and return your ballot early enough to allow for postal mail delivery time. Please factor in time to both have the ballot mailed to you and have it mailed back (at least 3-5 days each way).

IS THERE A DEADLINE TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
For the July 14, 2020 State Primary and Special Referendum Election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot by telephone or online Absentee Ballot Request service is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

A voter may request to vote in the presence of the clerk or submit a written request to take an absentee ballot outside of the clerk's presence, up to and including election day. A written request is a completed and signed absentee ballot application form that is signed by the voter or an immediate family member of the voter.

STATE BALLOT INFORMATION
In the Primary, party ballots will contain races for United States Senator, U.S. Representative to Congress, State Senate, State Representatives and county offices. Party candidates who are elected on July 14, 2020 will qualify to be on the November ballot.  The Special Referendum ballot will contain two questions - one on statewide expansion of broadband internet service and the other a bond issue for transportation. For more information about the state candidates and ballot questions, please click here

CITY SCHOOL BUDGET BALLOT INFORMATION
For more information about the school budget, please click here

VOTER REGISTRATION & POLITICAL PARTY ENROLLMENT
Residents are encouraged to update their voter registration information, party enrollment or register to vote prior to Election Day to help reduce lines. For more Information concerning this click here

ELECTION WORKERS
If you are interested in working at the polls on election day or helping to process absentee ballots in advance, please submit an application to the City Clerk's Office. 

Print Election Worker Application
Election Worker Online Application Submission

RANKED CHOICE VOTING INFORMATION

To learn more about the Ranked Choice Voting process on the July ballots for the Democratic and Republican parties, please click this link:  Ballot Marking FAQ flyer

SAMPLE BALLOTS

Sample Ballot for State Referendum
Sample Ballot for Democratic State Representative District 58
Sample Ballot for Democratic State Representative District 58 CC 1
Sample Ballot for Democratic State Representative District 59
Sample Ballot for Democratic State Representative District 60
Sample Ballot for Democratic State Representative District 60 CC 1
Sample Ballot for Democratic State Representative District 61
Sample Ballot for Democratic State Representative District 61 CC 1
Sample Ballot for Republican State Representative District 58
Sample Ballot for Republican State Representative District 59
Sample Ballot for Republican State Representative District 60
Sample Ballot for Republican State Representative District 61
Sample Ballot for City School Budget

 

Questions regarding this election or voter registration can be directed to the Lewiston City Clerk’s Office at
513-3124 or cityclerkoffice@lewistonmaine.gov

 



The Election Cycle

The municipal election is held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in the month of November during the odd-numbered calendar years (such as 2001, 2003, 2005, and so forth). The Mayor and City Council and school board members are elected for two-year terms. All positions are up for election during each municipal election.

The State of Maine general and referendum elections are held annually on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. The primary election is held on the second Tuesday of June of each general election year.

Enrolling in a Political Party


Currently, there are three official political parties within the State of Maine: Democrat, Green-Independent, and Republican. Registered voters may enroll in one of these three political parties. However, voters who wish to register to vote do not have to select a political party. Voters can be registered to vote, but do not have to be enrolled in a political party.

The employees in the Lewiston City Clerk's Office can not answer questions for citizens regarding the purposes and objectives of the various political parties in Maine. Lewiston voters with questions regarding activities of the local political parties are encouraged to contact their local party chairperson, or explore the following links for additional information about each political party:

Additional Resources