Where To Vote In Your Town
Do you know where to vote in your community? If not, we have a link that will give you that information and more about Tuesday's election.
Over the years, I've lived in Brewer, Bangor, Holden, and Orrington. And I've voted everywhere from local schools, to the Bangor Auditorium, and the town office. Just in case you find yourself in a new home, or maybe voting for the first time, we wanted to make sure you know how to vote in your community.
Maine.gov has a list of polling places, organized alphabetically by town, so it's quick and easy to use. You can find that list by clicking here.
Polling officials say they expect a record turnout this year, so keep that in mind when you go to vote. If you're pressed for time, like heading into work or on your lunch hour, it may not be the best time to go. On the other hand, if you can sneak away mid-morning or mid-afternoon, when many people are at their jobs, it might be a quicker process. Most polls open at 8 a.m., but some will start at 7 a.m. while others won't start letting people in until 10. The opening times are available with your polling place on the state's list.
You can also find a list of candidates for your town and district on Maine.gov. A quick review of this list will help you avoid any surprises once you're in that voting booth. And you can read the referendum questions, word for word, as they will appear on the ballot by clicking here.
Take your patience and your good humor with you as you head to the polls on Tuesday. The lines could be long, and there will be the obligatory gamut of candidates to get through as you head into the building. Smile and be friendly to your fellow community members who have also turned out to let their opinions be heard. Take a book or a magazine, maybe even an iPod to keep yourself amused while you wait. And take pride in the fact that you've done your part by casting your vote.