Elections & Voting

Election Workers Needed in Thomaston

Citizens are needed to work at the polls on election day. The municipal clerk can explain more details about the work involved with election administration. Training is provided for all positions. The hours of work will vary. Below is some basic information for all Maine residents who are interested in serving as election workers. Fulfillment of election education is required. Please contact Melissa Stevens, Town Clerk at 354-6107 for more information. 

Eligibility: 

State law sets the requirements for election workers: 

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a registered Maine voter
  • Must be a resident of the municipality or county where they will be serving
  • 16 and 17 year olds who are conditionally registered to vote are allowed to serve
  • Must not be a candidate or a member of a candidate’s immediate family

Semi-Open Primaries:

Effective January 1, 2024, Maine transitioned from a closed-primary system to a semi-open primary. Unenrolled voters are now able to participate in primaries including the March 5,2023 Presidential Primary and the June 11,2024 State Primary. Specific questions or information searches on Maine Primaries should be directed to the Maine Secretary of State office. 

 

Election Dates 2024: 

March 5, 2024 - Presidential Primary Election

June 11, 2024 - State Primary Election and Municipal & School Budget Validation Election 

June 12, 2024 - Annual Town Meeting 

November 5, 2024 - Presidential General Election and Municipal Candidate & Referendum Election 

 

What am I voting on?

Please visit the Secretary of State's Website for information regarding the June 11, 2024 Presidential Primary  Election: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html

How do I vote by Absentee Ballot?

You can request an Absentee Ballots now by visiting the Online Ballot Request Service, calling the Town Office at (207) 354-6107, or stopping by in-person at the Town Office to fill out an application for yourself and/or an immediate family.  Please note that email and voice mail requests for Absentee Ballots are not allowed under Maine law. You must speak directly with a member of office staff to request a ballot over the phone.  The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot will be June 6, 2024.  After that date, only voters with one of the following Special Circumstances may obtain an absentee ballot:

  • YOU WILL BE ABSENT FROM THE TOWN UNEXPECTEDLY DURING THE ENTIRE TIME THAT THE POLLS ARE OPEN ON June 11 2024 (8:00 AM TO 8:00 PM).
  • YOU ARE UNABLE TO VOTE AT THE POLLS BECAUSE OF A PHYSICAL DISABILITY.
  • YOU ARE UNABLE TO LEAVE HOME OR A TREATMENT FACILITY DUE TO ILLNESS OR INFIRMITY.
  • YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF AN ISLAND WARD OR PRECINCT AND ARE UNABLE TO TRAVEL TO THE POLLS.

All absentee ballots must be returned to the Clerk's Office no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, June 11, 2024.  Ballots may be returned by mail, in person, or 24/7 via the ballot drop box located in front of the Thomaston Municipal Building.

How do I register to vote?

In the State of Maine, registered voters can register up to and on Election Day. Please check out the Maine Voter Guide.

Can I help at the polls?

The Town welcomes our residents to work as ballot clerks at the election polls. If you are interested in helping out please call the Town Office at (207) 354-6107 or email the Town Clerk at mstevens@thomastonmaine.gov .

What is Ranked Choice Voting?

Please visit the State of Maine's Resources for Ranked Choice Voting