Primary and Potential Referendum Election - June 12, 2018
Primary Elections determine each party’s nomination of candidates for certain federal, State and county offices. Party candidates who are elected at the Primary qualify to appear on the General Election ballot the following November. In Maine, the Primary Election is held on the second Tuesday in June of each even-numbered year.
Maine currently has four qualified parties: Democratic, Green Independent, Libertarian, and Republican. (Note: although some unenrolled candidates choose to designate themselves as “Independent,” there is no “Independent” party in Maine now). In order to qualify for the Primary Election ballot, party candidates must submit nomination petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office by March 15th.
Offices included in the 2018 Primary Election are US Senate, Governor, Representative to Congress (both districts), all 35 State Senate districts, all 151 State Representative districts, and the following county offices, which vary depending on the county: Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, District Attorney and County Commissioner.
A listing of candidates for the 2018 Primary Election will be posted to this website and updated once candidates begin to file nomination petitions with the Secretary of State.
Voters who are enrolled in a party are encouraged to participate in the Primary Election as the first step of the biennial candidate election process. There may be a Referendum Election held on the same day as the Primary Election, and all voters, whether enrolled in a party or not, are encouraged to participate in that election.
Absentee ballot applications will be available through the online Absentee Ballot Request Service or at municipal offices on or after March 12, 2018.
General and Potential Referendum Election – November 6, 2018
The General Election is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November. In 2018, Maine voters will elect one of Maine’s two United States Senators, Maine’s Governor, two Representatives to Congress, members of the Maine Legislature, and certain county officers.