Maine: It Must Be Maine

Ballotpedia reports to us….

Maine is holding elections for one U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats, governor, all 35 state Senate seats, and all 151 state House seats. Five statewide ballot measures are also on the ballot.

What is the partisan balance in the state?

Congress: Democrats hold one U.S. House seat, and Republicans hold one U.S. Senate seat and one U.S. House seat. The second U.S. Senate seat is held by an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

Governor: Republican.

Lt. Governor: Maine does not have a lieutenant governor.

Attorney General: Democrat.

State Senate: 18-17 Republican majority.

State House: 73 Democrats, 70 Republicans, six independents, one Green Independent, and one vacancy.

Races to watch

  • Maine gubernatorial election: Attorney General Janet Mills (D), businessman Shawn Moody (R), businessman Alan Caron (I), and State Treasurer Teresea Hayes (I) are running to replace term-limited Gov. Paul LePage (R). Voters will select the governor using ranked-choice voting, which allows them to rank the four candidates in order of preference. If no candidate receives a majority of the first place votes, the last place candidate will be eliminated and his or her votes will be redistributed among the three remaining candidates. This will continue until one candidate receives a majority of first place votes.
  • Maine’s 2nd Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R), state Rep. Jared Golden (D), Tiffany Bond (I), and Will Hoar (I) are running for a seat that backed Barack Obama (D) and Donald Trump (R) by roughly ten percentage points each in 2012 and 2016, respectively. Poliquin is the only Republican House member from New England.

What you need to know if you’re a Maine voter

This is the first statewide election that will use ranked-choice voting. Learn more about how that works here.

Early voting dates: When ballots become available until November 1. This is considered to be in-person absentee voting. Eligible voters can submit an absentee ballot in person at an election office.

Polls open/close: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voter ID: A voter in Maine does not have to present identification at the polls unless he or she is registering on Election Day. In that case, the voter must present identification and proof of residence.

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