2022 Maine Voter’s Guide

This November, Mainers will vote for a governor, their congressional representatives and pick a new Legislature. To prepare you for this consequential election, we put together a voter’s guide with everything you need to know before casting your ballot, including key deadlines, answers to questions you may have and where candidates stand on the issues important to you.


FAQs

How do I register to vote?

Mainers 18 and older with a fixed and principal home in Maine are allowed to vote in the community they reside in. 

New voters or those who have moved from one municipality to another can fill out a voter registration card at your city or town office or any Bureau of Motor Vehicles location. There is no cutoff for in-person registration and you can also register on Election Day at your polling place. You must provide proof of residence at your address, such as an ID or a utility bill.

Can’t get to the town office? You can also download a registration card, print and fill it out and then mail it there. It must be received by your local clerk by Oct. 18 if you are registering by mail.

I’m not sure if I’m registered to vote. How do I check?

You should be registered if you have ever voted in your municipality and have not since moved. To confirm your registration, call your municipal office. Third-party groups such as Vote.org and Rock the Vote offer reliable online registration lookup tools, but they are also trying to collect phone numbers for outreach efforts. Opt out unless you want more text messages.

How do I vote absentee in Maine?

Maine allows no-excuse absentee voting. You can request a ballot using the state’s online form or making a request at your municipal office. If you submit your request early, you will be among the first to get a ballot after clerks get them around Oct. 10, roughly a month before the Nov. 8 election. 

The state recommends allowing seven to 10 days to get your ballot if you request one after that date. The deadline to get your ballot back to the local clerk is 8 p.m. on Election Day.

You can track the status of your ballot request — from when your local clerk receives the request to when they receive your ballot — using this online tool.

Can I vote early at my municipal office?

Yes. In Maine, absentee voting is used like early voting systems in other states. You can fill out an absentee ballot in person at your municipal office as soon as ballots become available. The cutoff to vote in person is Thursday, Nov. 3, unless special circumstances exist.

Where is my polling place?

Polling places are typically in municipal offices, schools or other civic buildings, but they can be in other places as well. The state has an online tool to look up your polling place or you can call your municipal office.

Key Voting Deadlines

Around Monday, Oct. 10

When absentee ballots are available at municipal offices

Thursday, Nov. 3

Deadline for in-person absentee voting at municipal offices

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Election Day, most polls open by 8 a.m. and all close at 8 p.m.

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Race Guides

We used public polling data to determine top issues of the minds of Mainers. The result is this guide. The BDN distilled the historic and stated positions of top-tier candidates. It also put questions to every candidate for Maine’s 186 state legislative seats and printed their responses verbatim.

- Indicates Incumbent

Maine Govenor

Candidates
D Janet Mills Stances
I Sam Hunkler Stances
R Paul LePage Stances

US House of Representatives
1st Congressional District

Candidates
D Chellie Pingree Stances
R Ed Thelander Stances

US House of Representatives
2nd Congressional District

Candidates
D Jared Golden Stances
I Tiffany Bond Stances
R Bruce Poliquin Stances

Maine Senate - District 1

Candidates
R Susan Bernard Answers
D Troy D. Jackson No response

Maine Senate - District 2

Candidates
D Danielle Fienberg Answers
R Harold Stewart III No response

Maine Senate - District 3

Candidates
R Bradlee Farrin Answers
D Shawn Bean No response

Maine Senate - District 4

Candidates
D Andrea Thurlow No response
R Stacey Kay Guerin Answers

Maine Senate - District 5

Candidates
U Doug Thomas Answers
R Russell Black Answers
D Stanley A Wheeler No response

Maine Senate - District 6

Candidates
D Jonathan Goble No response
R Marianne Moore Answers

Maine Senate - District 7

Candidates
R Brian Langley No response
D Nicole C. Grohoski Answers

Maine Senate - District 8

Candidates
R Eric Rojo No response
D Michael Tipping Answers

Maine Senate - District 9

Candidates
D Joe Baldacci Answers
R Suzette Furrow No response

Maine Senate - District 10

Candidates
R Peter A. Lyford No response
D Ralph Edward Cammack No response

Maine Senate - District 11

Candidates
D Glenn Chip Curry No response
R MaryAnne Kinney No response

Maine Senate - District 12

Candidates
D Anne H. Beebe-Center Answers
R W. Scott Rocknak Answers

Maine Senate - District 13

Candidates
R Abden Simmons No response
D Cameron D. Reny No response

Maine Senate - District 14

Candidates
D Craig V. Hickman No response
R Jeffery P. Hanley No response

Maine Senate - District 15

Candidates
R Matthew Pouliot Answers
D Storme Jude St. Valle Answers

Maine Senate - District 16

Candidates
D David Philip LaFountain No response
R Michael Dana Perkins No response

Maine Senate - District 17

Candidates
R Jeff Timberlake No response
D Jo-Jean Keller No response

Maine Senate - District 18

Candidates
D Colin D O'Neill No response
R Richard A. Bennett Answers

Maine Senate - District 19

Candidates
R Lisa Keim No response
D Matthew Bean No response

Maine Senate - District 20

Candidates
D Bettyann W. Sheats Answers
R Eric L. Brakey No response

Maine Senate - District 21

Candidates
D Margaret Rose Rotundo No response
R Ricky LaChapelle No response

Maine Senate - District 22

Candidates
R James Delmas Libby No response
D Michael McKinney No response

Maine Senate - District 23

Candidates
R Brogan P.K. Teel No response
D Matthea Elisabeth Larsen Daughtry No response

Maine Senate - District 24

Candidates
D Eloise Adams Vitelli No response
R Matthew R. Brackley No response

Maine Senate - District 25

Candidates
R Jennifer L White No response
D Teresa S. Pierce No response

Maine Senate - District 26

Candidates
R Gary E Plummer No response
D Timothy Nangle No response

Maine Senate - District 27

Candidates
R Jeffrey Tounge No response
D Jill Christine Duson No response

Maine Senate - District 28

Candidates
D Benjamin Chipman No response
R Susan M Abercrombie No response

Maine Senate - District 29

Candidates
D Anne M Carney No response
R John Wesley Lewis No response

Maine Senate - District 30

Candidates
D Stacy Fielding Brenner No response
R Timothy John Thorsen No response

Maine Senate - District 31

Candidates
D Donna Bailey Answers
R Sharri MacDonald No response

Maine Senate - District 32

Candidates
R David Corbett No response
D Henry L Ingwersen Answers

Maine Senate - District 33

Candidates
D Kendra A Williams Answers
R Matthew A Harrington No response

Maine Senate - District 34

Candidates
R Bradley Scott Ducharme No response
D Joseph E. Rafferty Jr. No response

Maine Senate - District 35

Candidates
R Julie N Rakic No response
D Mark Lawrence No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 1

Candidates
R Austin L Theriault No response
D Dana Appleby Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 2

Candidates
D Bernard 'Ben' Paradis Answers
R Roger Clarence Albert No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 3

Candidates
D David Harold McCrea Answers
R Mark Michael Babin No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 4

Candidates
D Jordyn Rossignol Answers
R Timothy Guerrette No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 5

Candidates
R Joseph F. Underwood No response
D Kevin Gregory Freeman No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 6

Candidates
R Donald James Ardell No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 7

Candidates
R Gregory Swallow No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 8

Candidates
D Kevin B. Ritchie Answers
R Tracy Quint No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 9

Candidates
D Anne Churchill Perry No response
R John Victor Chambers No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 10

Candidates
R Kenneth Davis Jr. No response
U Melissa Louisa Hinerman Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 11

Candidates
D Roland (Skip) Rogers Answers
R Tiffany Strout No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 12

Candidates
R Billy Bob Faulkingham No response
U Roy D. Gott Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 13

Candidates
D J. Mark Worth Answers
R John David Linnehan No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 14

Candidates
D Lynne Williams Answers
R Stephen Coston Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 15

Candidates
D Holly Eaton Answers
R Jason Joyce No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 16

Candidates
D Nina Azella Milliken Answers
R Stephen M. Hanrahan III No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 17

Candidates
D Ron Russell Answers
R Sherman Hoyt Hutchins No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 18

Candidates
R Meldon H. Carmichael No response
D Timothy B Throckmorton No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 19

Candidates
R Richard H. Campbell Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 20

Candidates
R Jennifer Morin Answers
D Kevin J. M. O'Connell Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 21

Candidates
D Ambureen Rana Answers
U Marianna H. Reeves Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 22

Candidates
R Douglas Keith Damon No response
D Laura Supica Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 23

Candidates
D Amy Roeder Answers
R David J Pece No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 24

Candidates
D Joseph C. Perry Answers
R Roderick Allen Hathaway No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 25

Candidates
R Cameron Scott Bowie No response
D Laurie Osher No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 26

Candidates
R Christina M. Ouellette No response
D James Dill Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 27

Candidates
R Gary A. Drinkwater No response
D Peter Crockett Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 28

Candidates
R Irene A. Gifford No response
D Natalie DiPentino Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 29

Candidates
R Kathy Irene Javner No response
D Laurie York No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 30

Candidates
R James Lee White No response
D W. Louis Sidell, Jr. Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 31

Candidates
R Chad Richard Perkins No response
D Richard A. Evans Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 32

Candidates
R Steven D Foster No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 33

Candidates
R Danny E. Costain No response
D Donovan E. Todd III No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 34

Candidates
R Abigail W. Griffin No response
D Frank Lawrence Roma Answers
U Joshua James Pietrowicz No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 35

Candidates
R James Ernest Thorne No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 36

Candidates
R David Haggan No response
D Kristen Card Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 37

Candidates
D Margaret D. English-Flanagan Answers
R Reagan LeeAnn Paul No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 38

Candidates
R Benjamin C. Hymes No response
G Heather Elizabeth Garrold Answers
D Robyn M Stanicki No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 39

Candidates
D Janice S. Dodge Answers
R Stephen J. Hemenway No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 40

Candidates
R Joseph McLaughlin Answers
D Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr. Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 41

Candidates
R Susan Lee Butterworth No response
D Victoria Doudera Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 42

Candidates
R Roger Vincent Tranfaglia No response
D Valli D. Geiger Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 43

Candidates
D Ann Matlack Answers
R Heather Anne Sprague No response

Maine House of Representatives - District 44

Candidates
R Crystal Lynn Robinson No response
U William Donohue Pluecker Answers

Maine House of Representatives - District 45

Candidates
D Clinton E. Collamore Sr. Answers