Election and Town Meeting Information

Upcoming Presidential Primary Election
When: March 3, 2020   
Time: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Where: Town Hall Auditorium; 1 Summer Street Kennebunk 

Absentee ballots will be available without a special circumstance until February 27, 2020.  

Q. Can I still get an absentee ballot?
A. Yes. Absentee ballots will continue to be available without special circumstance until February 27, 2020. In addition to our normal business hours, we (Clerk's Office) will also be open on Saturday February 22, 2020 and Sunday February 23, 2020 from 9am-12pm and Thursday February 27, 2020 from 4:30am-7:30pm.

Q. Does everyone receive a Presidential Primary Ballot?

A. You must be enrolled in the Democratic or Republican party in order to receive a party ballot in the primary. If you are unenrolled (incorrectly referred to as Independent), you will only receive a State Referendum Ballot.

Q. Can I switch parties?

A. Yes. The deadline to switch from the Democratic, Republican or Green party to another party is Friday February 14, 2020. Come into the Town Clerk’s Office with a form of identification to fill out a new voter registration card.

Q. If I am currently Unenrolled (incorrectly referred to as Independent) in a party, can I enroll in the Democratic, Republican or Green Party?

A. Yes. There is no deadline to make this change. Come into the Town Clerk’s Office with a form of identification to fill out a new voter registration card or you make this change at the Election by stopping by the registration table with your form of identification to fill out a new voter registration card there. 

Q. Who are the Republican and Democratic candidates listed on the ballots?

A. Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party certified with the Secretary of State that there was a contest for the party's presidential nomination.

Q. What is the State Referendum Ballot Question?

A. State Referendum Ballot Question "Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?" 

Our last State and Municipal Referendum (Election)

When: November 5, 2019 
Time: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Where: Town Hall Auditorium; 1 Summer Street Kennebunk 
Election Results are posted here.
Registering to Vote 
The State of Maine allows residents to register to vote any time leading up to and including Election Day. Residents of Kennebunk may register to vote at the Town Clerk's Office which is located on the second floor of the Town Hall. 

Proof of identity (Driver's License or State ID) and residency needs to be provided at the time of registering. If your Driver's License or State ID has your physical address listed, that is suffice. Otherwise you could bring a utility bill, rental agreement or tax bill as proof of residency. 

View the Maine Voting Residence Fact Sheet (PDF)

What are Absentee Ballots?
Maine State Law permits absentee ballots to be cast at any election by any voter who properly requests a ballot through the Town Clerk’s Office and is a registered voter of the Town of Kennebunk. Absentee ballots become available from the Town Clerk’s Office 30 days prior to the election.

Kennebunk registered voters may request an absentee ballot at any time between 5 and 30 days before any election without a reason. The statewide deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is at the close of business on the Thursday before the Election Day. Voters needing to obtain an absentee ballot after this deadline may do so only if there are Special Circumstances.

There is a Special Circumstance absentee ballot request form provided by the State, used the last 3 days before the election, that will need to be signed by the voter or immediate family member acknowledging that they did not have any prior knowledge that they were going to be unable to get to the polls on Election Day and they will need to check off one of the following boxes on the form which qualifies for special circumstances:

  • I will be absent from my municipality of residence unexpectedly during the entire time the polls are open on election day;
  • I have a physical disability;
  • I am unable to leave my home or treatment facility due to incapacity or illness;
  • I am a resident of a coastal island ward or precinct and am unable to travel to the polls.
Requesting an Absentee Ballot
If you are already a registered voter in the Town of Kennebunk you may request an absentee ballot 5-30 days prior to an election in any one of the following ways:

Come and vote in person at the Town Clerk’s Office in a booth set up in the second floor lobby.

Request that a ballot be mailed to you by calling the Town Clerk's office. The voter themselves will need to request the ballot and be able to give us their date of birth. Remember to bring it back or mail it back BEFORE the close of the election at 8:00 pm.

An immediate family member (related) can come to the Town Clerk’s Office and pick up a ballot for a registered voter, which can be returned by the family member or returned by mail to the Clerk’s Office no later than the close of the election at 8:00 pm.

A (non-related) 3rd party person designated by the voter (by signing a form from the Clerk’s Office first, giving permission for that person to hand carry a ballot to you), may bring a ballot to you, the voter, and then the 3rd party person would return the voted ballot back to the Town Clerk’s Office. *NOTE: This method will require 3 trips to the Town Clerk’s Office by the designated individual:

  1. Pick up the form to be signed by the voter that allows the designated (non-related) person to carry your ballot
  2. Return the signed form to the Clerk and to bring the ballot to the voter
  3. Return the voted ballot