On Election Day all voting will take place at the Community Center a/k/a Parks & Rec. Building, 75 Franklin Street.
The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
How do I register to vote?
You must be at least 17 years old to complete a voter registration application and at least 18 years old to actually vote. Note: At Primary Elections a 17 is eligible to vote a candidate ballot if they will be 18 by the November General Election. They cannot vote a referendum ballot though at the Primary Election.
Where do I go to register?
You may register to vote at your City Hall, through any motor Vehicle branch office or at voter registration drives. Completed voter registration cards may be delivered by hand or mailed to the City Clerk's Office.
Political parties recognized in the State of Maine as of July 2016
- Democratic Party
- Green Independent Party
- Republican Party
- Libertarian Party – This is a new party in Maine. In order to select this party on the voter registration application, write “Libertarian” on the “Other Qualifying Party” line.
Unenrolled -This means you are not affiliated with any of the above parties. Voters who want a designation of “Independent” are designated as Unenrolled on the voter list.
Enrollment Eligibility for the November 6, 2018 General & Referendum Election- In a general election it does not matter what party you are in. Each voter will be given a ballot that has candidates from all the political party designations and independents as well. You can vote for any candidate that you want.
Primary Elections, Caucus & Convention Enrollment Eligibility
A voter who files an application to change enrollment is ineligible to vote in a party caucus, convention or a Primary Election for 15 days after submitting the application to the Registrar. **Exception to 15-day ineligibility: Voters who move to a new municipality may enroll in a different party with no 15-day waiting period. They get a "clean slate" when they move.
Unenrolled voters - May enroll at any time, including Election Day, by completing and filing a new voter registration application with the Municipal Registrar - this is not considered a change of enrollment. If a unenrolled voter chooses not to enroll in a party they will not be eligible to vote a party candidate ballot, but they can vote a referendum ballot. A voter who enrolls on Election Day is ineligible to file a withdrawal application after voting.
How long must a voter remain in a party? - Voters must remain in a party for 3 months before the voter can file an application for either a withdrawal (go to unenrolled) or a change in enrollment. A voter who enrolls on Election Day is ineligible to file a withdrawal application after voting. The voter must wait 3 months before filing an application to withdraw or change parties.
Are there other restrictions on withdrawal from a party? - There is also a 15-day waiting period for a voter who withdraws from a party, unless voter has moved to a new municipality. The voter is ineligible to enroll in a different party for 15 days. A voter may re-enroll in the same party within 15 days after filing a written request for withdrawal from a party.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
All residents vote at the Community Center, 75 Franklin Street. The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. The gym is set up by Wards 1 through 7.
WHAT WARD/HOUSE DISTRICT TO I LIVE IN?
- Search for your ward by street
- Download a map of city wards 750K, in Adobe Acrobat format
- Download a map of house districts in the city 1.4MB, in Adobe Acrobat format
For more information about registration, statewide referenda and candidates, we suggest the Maine Secretary of State's Elections page.
Information on how to be a write-in candidate and how to vote for one may be found by following this link.
RANKED CHOICE VOTING - Some races on the November 6, 2018 General election ballot will be determined via Ranked-choice voting which means the ballot will be laid out a bit differently to allow voters to "rank their choice" of candidates for each race as follows: first choice, second choice, third choice and so forth.
For more information on Ranked-choice voting you can visit the Department of the Secretary of State "Resources for Ranked-choice voting" webpage.
Sample ballots will be posted once we receive them at the beginning of October.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS - AVAILABLE AROUND OCTOBER 5TH
Absentee ballots will be available around October 5th.
Absentee voting will be conducted in the City Clerk's Office on the first floor as follows:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & extended hours on Thursday November 1st - open until 7:00 p.m.
The last day to request a absentee ballot is Thursday, November 1st unless a "special circumstance" exists. There will be no absentee voting on Friday, November 2, 2018 or Monday, November 5, 2018.
Registered voters in Saco may request an absentee ballot from the City Clerk's Office as follows:
- in person
- by immediate family member/domestic partner
- by 3rd person - A 3rd person is a aunt, uncle, friend or caregiver etc. (Voter designates a 3rd person to deliver a ballot to them through a completed application. The ballot is given to the 3rd person to deliver to the voter. Ballot must be witnessed by a notary or 2 other individuals and noted on the ballot envelope. If the voter is assisted in marking the ballot the aide must sign as aide on the ballot envelope and 1 other witness must verify and sign off. The voter may return the ballot in person, but witness requirements still apply if a 3rd person handles the ballot going out or being returned.) Note: A 3rd person may have up to 5 absentee ballots for a municipality at one time.
- by telephone 284-4831
- by downloading an application and mailing it to: City Clerk, 300 Main Street
- electronic request through the State of Maine website (Note: Electronic requests are only accepted through the State of Maine website.)
Uniformed Service or Overseas Voter (also known as a UOCAVA voter) A uniformed service member on active duty or spouse or dependent absent from their place of residence due to active duty may request an absentee ballot through the State of Maine. Services include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, the commissioned corps of the U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the merchant marine Also US citizens residing outside of the United States and who was qualified or would be qualified to vote in the last place of residence in Maine prior to leaving the United States are eligible to request an absentee ballot through the State of Maine.
State of Maine Website for UOCAVA & Overseas Voters
RECENT ELECTION RESULTS
- State Primary & Special Referendum and Budget Validation Referendum Election June 12, 2018
- State Referendum & Municipal General & Referedum Election November 7, 2017
- State Special Referendum & Budget Validation Referendum Election June 13, 2017
- State General & Referendum Election November 8, 2016
- State Primary & School Budget Validation Referendum June 14, 2016
- General Election, Nov. 3, 2015
- School Budget Validation Referendum, June 9, 2015
Election results from previous elections may be found in our archives section
All Local, State & Federal Elections are administered and supervised by the City Clerk.
Election Clerk’s Needed
We are currently looking for individuals who would be interested in serving as Election Clerks on Election Day. The Election Clerks are the election officials who are appointed to represent the qualified party in which they are enrolled and provide a check and balance in the electoral process.
There are usually 2 elections per year and this is a paid position. Workers are required to be available all day from 6:00 a.m. to roughly 10:00 p.m. with time off for breaks, lunch and dinner.
To be an Election Clerk you would need the following qualifications:
- U.S. Citizen;
- At least 18 years of age; except that student election clerks may be 17 years of age and may perform all the functions of an election clerk;
- Registered voter in Saco;
- Enrolled in one of the major or minor qualified parties. Note: Un-enrolled voters are also selected because sometimes there are insufficient major or minor party clerks available.
The duties of the Election Clerk are as follows:
- Supervise Incoming Voting List – check voters off the list;
- Hand out the appropriate ballot to the voters;
- Supervise the Voting Machine – assist voters if they are having trouble inserting ballots into the machine;
- Count Ballots at the end of the evening and prepare the Tally Sheets to give to the Warden for them to finalize;
- Assist with putting all the election materials away at the end of the evening and securing used and unused ballots.
If you have prior experience working at the polls or are just interested in politics and think you would like to give it a try, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 284-4831 for further detailed information.