Elections & Voting

The Town Clerk is responsible for all elections held in Town (Federal, State & Local).  If you would like to register to vote in Warren, please come into the Town Office during normal business hours to fill out a Voter Registration card.  You will need to provide identification, as well as proof of residency. 

In order for residents to be notified of a Town Meeting or State or Local Election, Public Notices regarding the date, time and location are posted at least seven (7) days before each Town Meeting or Election.  Notices are placed on the Town website and posted in public locations around town. 

Elections and polling place administration are facilitated in accordance with M.R.S.A. Title 21-A, 30-A and ADA compliance. 

 

2024 Elections & Annual Town Meeting

 March 5, 2024 – PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

The Democratic Party and Republican Party each certified by the statutory deadline that they intend to hold a presidential primary.

 Democratic Party Certification of Presidential Primary Contest

 Republican Party Certification of Presidential Primary Content 

 Absentee ballot applications will be accepted starting December 6, 2023.  

 Absentee ballots will be available by February 5, 2024.

 Click link for application: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/pdf/paperabsball.pdf 

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 June 11, 2024 – STATE PRIMARY ELECTION

Primary Elections determine each qualified party's nomination of candidates for federal offices and State and County offices. Party candidates who are elected at the Primary qualify to appear on the November General Election ballot.
June 11, 2024 – TOWN OF WARREN MUNICIPAL SEAT & REFERENDUM & RSU 40 REFERENDUM ELECTION:
MUNICIPAL SEATS ON BALLOT              TERM
BOARD OF SELECTMEN, SEAT 3                2024-2027
BOARD OF SELECTMENT, SEAT 4              2024-2027
WARREN SANITARY DISTRICT, SEAT 2    2024-2027
WARREN SANITARY DISTRICT, SEAT 3    2024-2027
RSU / MSAD 40 BOARD OF DIRECTORS    2024-2027

 REFERENDUM QUESTIONS A, B, & C:

Question A: Shall amendments to the Metallic Mining Ordinance be enacted to add new Exploration review criteria, require a publicly negotiated Contract Re-zoning Agreement that would require Town Meeting approval for any proposed Metallic Mining use that meets robust review criteria and must demonstrate that the use will not harm or damage the environment, watershed, public health and safety? (A copy of the amended ordinance is available from the Town Clerk)

Question B: Shall an amendment to the Land Use Ordinance be enacted to generally prohibit Metallic Mining, subject to a possible Contract Re-zoning Agreement which would require approval at Town Meeting? (A copy of the amended ordinance is available from the Town Clerk)

Question C: Shall an amendment to the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance be enacted to generally prohibit Metallic Mining, subject to a possible Contract Re-zoning Agreement which would require approval at a Town Meeting? (A copy of the amended ordinance is available from the Town Clerk)

RSU 40 BALLOT ARTICLE 1: Do you favor approving the Regional School Unit No. 40 budget for the upcoming school year that was adopted at the latest Regional School Unit budget meeting?

Absentee ballot applications will be accepted starting March 13, 2024.

Absentee ballots will be available by May 10, 2024.

Click link for application: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/pdf/paperabsball.pdf

Click link to submit an absentee ballot request electronically: Maine Absentee Ballot Request ________________________________________

TOWN OF WARREN ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – JUNE 18, 2024
Seats to be elected from the floor at Town Meeting:
BUDGET COMMITTEE – 5 SEATS (3 EXP. 2027, 1 EXP. 2026, 1 EXP. 2025)
FISH WARDENS – 2 SEATS (EXP. 2025)

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November 5, 2024 - Presidential General Election
The General Election is held nationally on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.

Absentee ballot applications will be accepted starting August 6, 2024.

Absentee ballots will be available by October 4, 2024.
Click link for application: https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/pdf/paperabsball.pdf

 

Click link to submit an absentee ballot request electronically: Maine Absentee Ballot Request

 

ATTENTION VOTERS OF WARREN! PLEASE READ - VOTER ENROLLMENT

Effective January 1, 2024

Maine will be transitioning from a closed primary system to a semi-open primary.

Unenrolled voters will now be able to cast a ballot in primaries.

UNENROLLED VOTERS - Voters who are not enrolled in a party - may choose to vote in one party’s primary.

ENROLLED VOTERS - Voters enrolled in a party - may only vote in that party’s primary.

 

MRSA TITLE 21-A STATES: Restrictions during change of enrollment:  a voter may not vote at a caucus, convention or primary election for 15 days after filing an application to change enrollment.  

 

VOTERS CURRENTLY ENROLLED in any party may only make changes to their enrollment up to the 16th day prior to any election.

 

If you wish to change your enrollment, you may do so in person at your town office, at a voter registration drive, or online: voterrev922.pdf (maine.gov)      voterregguide1122.pdf (maine.gov)

 

UNENROLLED VOTERS may choose to enroll in a party at any time, including election day.

Once enrolled in a party, a voter must stay in that party for 3 months before being qualified to change enrollment again.

 

 

 

 

 How do I register to vote?

VOTER REGISTRATION – Making Your Voice Heard

The State of Maine allows residents to register to vote any time leading up to and including the day of election.  Residents of Warren may register to vote at the Town Office, 167 Western Road or at the polls on Election Day.  Proof of residency and proof of identity is required, such as a driver’s license indicating physical street address in Warren (not a post office box mailing address).  There is no cut-off date for registering to vote in person at your town office or city hall. If you want to register to vote by mail or through a voter registration drive, the cut-off date is the close of business on the 21st day before the election.

Change Your Registration Status

If you are currently registered and wish to change any information, such as your married name or residence address (which is pertinent to your voting record), please visit the Town Clerk’s Office.  Currently there are five (5) official political parties within the State of Maine: Democrat, Republican, Green Independent, Libertarian, and No Labels..  Registered voters may enroll in one of these five (5) 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 may choose to be unenrolled.

Regarding Political Party changes to Voter Registration:

  • State law requires a 15-day waiting period after a change of party enrollment before a citizen can cast a ballot in that party’s primary or participate in its caucus or convention (this does not apply if changing from UNENROLLED to one of the three official parties).  (See CLOSED PERIOD INFORMATION below)
  • Unenrolled voters can enroll in any qualified party at any time, including Election Day. Registered voters who are enrolled in one of the five (5) qualified parties, however, must meet certain deadlines to change their party affiliation prior to primary elections in which a party is choosing its candidates

o   Voters must remain in a party for three months before they are eligible to file an application for withdrawal or a change in enrollment

o   Additionally, those who withdraw from a party are ineligible to enroll in a different party for 15 days

CLOSED PERIOD INFORMATION

o   20 business days prior to any election

o   Applicants must register in person at the town office, OR at the Registrar table at the polls

o   NEW RESIDENTS must show satisfactory proof of identity and residency to the Registrar, in order for their names to be added to the incoming voter list for Election Day

 

 How do I vote absentee?

How do I vote absentee?

 ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Absentee Ballot APPLICATIONS are made available 90 days prior to the election. 

Absentee BALLOTS are made available thirty (30) days before the election.

Absentee ballots will not be issued after the close of business on the Thursday prior to the election unless there are special circumstances (see "SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES" below)

Absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day in order to be counted.  Any absentee ballots received after this time will not be counted. 

  • A voter or immediate family member may request an absentee ballot in person at the town office during regular business hours, by filling out an application for an absentee ballot.
  • A voter may vote by absentee ballot in person at the Town Office during regular business hours. 
  • A voter may request an absentee ballot over the phone during regular business hours.  Absentee ballots requested over the phone are mailed out either the same day or next day.  They can be returned by mail, or in person or by a family member at the town office (either across the counter, or by dropping in the secure drop box) or at the polls on Election Day.
  • For state-wide elections ONLY, an online absentee ballot request service is available, which is activated prior to each upcoming election. http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl (applicable municipal ballots will also be made available for those using the online request system).
  • Absentee ballots must be returned by 8:00 pm on Election Day.                                             

NEW TO THE ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST SERVICE: Voters with disabilities are able to request an accessible electronic absentee ballot using the online Absentee Ballot Request (ABR) service http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl  . The Elections Division will process the absentee ballot request and will issue an email notification to the voter, with login credentials and instructions for accessing the state’s secure ballot website to download an HTML ballot. The ballot will allow the voter’s screen reader software to read the ballot to the voter and provide a means for the voter to independently mark the ballot and electronically “sign” the voter’s affirmation (using their provided password). They will then save the marked, locked and signed ballot to their computer and return it to the Elections Division drop box via email.

The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is 6 pm the THURSDAY PRIOR TO ELECTION DAY. 

Special Circumstances Application - REQUIRED after deadline and must meet strict criteria:

Any voter requesting a ballot, including voters who request to vote in the clerk’s presence, after the deadline must complete the Special Circumstances Application and indicate one of the 4 reasons allowed by statute: Title 21-A §753-B, sub-section 2(D):

1) Unexpected absence from the municipality during the entire time the polls are open on Election Day; 2) Physical or mental disability;

3) Inability to travel to the polls if the voter is a resident of an island ward or precinct;

4) Incapacity or illness that has resulted in the voter being unable to leave home or a treatment facility; or

5) Being a caregiver who is unable to attend the polls due to the incapacity or illness of another person.

The application must be signed by the voter. An immediate family member CANNOT sign the Special Circumstances Application for the voter.

The voter must indicate in the application how the ballot is to be issued.

Witness requirements are the same as for absentee ballots issued prior to the deadline.

The Special Circumstances Application must be completed even if the voter wants to vote the ballot in the municipal office.

By signing the application, the voter is making an unsworn oath that all information in the application is true.

Once the application is completed by the voter, the Municipal Clerk must issue the ballot in the manner requested by the voter.

NOTE: The deadline for returning absentee ballots has not changed.

 

 Where do I vote?

Unless announced otherwise, all elections are held at 105 CAMDEN ROAD, WARREN, ME  04864 (Masonic Hall).

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS – Board of Selectmen, School Board Members & Warren Sanitary District Board Members

The annual Municipal Election to elect Board of Selectmen, School Board Members & Warren Sanitary District Board Members is held in conjunction with the State Election on the second Tuesday in June.  The polls are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Masonic Hall at 105 Camden Road, Warren.

STATE ELECTIONS

The State typically holds Elections on the second Tuesday in June and the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November each year.  The Primary Election is held on the second Tuesday of June of each even numbered year, while the General Election is held on the first Tuesday in November also in each even numbered year.  Referendums may be held at either the June or November Election days.  The polls are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at the Masonic Hall at 105 Camden Road, Warren.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The Annual Town Meeting is held in June, typically a week after the Municipal Election, at 105 Camden Rd., Warren, ME  04864.

SPECIAL TOWN MEETINGS are generally held at the Town of Warren Municipal complex: 167 Western Rd., Warren, ME  04864.

  Elections Information

Upcoming Elections - from the Secretary of State, Election Division http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html  


Maine Political Parties

Maine currently has five qualified parties: Democratic, Green Independent, Libertarian, No Labels, and Republican that may participate in primary elections. (Note: although some unenrolled candidates choose to designate themselves as “Independent,” there is no “Independent” party in Maine). 

2024 Enrollment Options

 A Maine registered voter may enroll in one of the following parties by checking the appropriate box on the Maine Voter Registration Application:

Democratic

Green Independent

Libertarian

No Labels

Republican

 A voter not wishing to join any party should check the “Unenrolled (no party choice)” box on the application.


Ranked-choice Voting (RCV)

Visit the RCV Resources page for more information about ranked-choice voting, including Frequently Asked Questions and sample ballots. 


Contact the Elections Division

207-624-7650 
cec.elections@maine.gov

 Who should I contact with further questions?

Town Clerk/Registrar - Cori Michaud at the Town Office 273-2421