Maine Revised Statutes

§671. Voting procedure

The voting procedure is as follows. [1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW).]

1. Name announced.  A voter who wishes to vote must state the voter's name and, upon request, residence address to an election clerk who shall announce the name in a loud, clear voice.
[ 2005, c. 453, §55 (AMD) .]
2. Enters guardrail enclosure.  The election clerk in charge of the incoming voting list shall place a check mark or a horizontal line, in red ink, on the list beside the voter's name and allow the voter to enter the area enclosed by the guardrail.
[ 2003, c. 584, §9 (AMD) .]
3. Ballot issued.  The election clerk in charge of the ballots shall give the voter one ballot of each kind to which the voter is entitled. The election clerk in charge of the ballots may not give a voter voting with the accessible voting system an official ballot, but may give the voter a sample ballot to use as a visual aid. An election official shall escort the voter to the voting station containing the accessible voting system, instruct the voter on its proper use and provide the voter with access to all ballots to which the voter is entitled. The voter shall cast the voter's ballot using the accessible voting system.
[ 2009, c. 253, §26 (AMD) .]
4. Retires to voting booth.  After receiving the ballot or ballots, the voter shall retire to a voting booth and mark the ballot or ballots without delay and leave the voting booth. No ballot, marked or unmarked, may be left in the voting booth by the voter.
[ 1997, c. 436, §95 (AMD) .]
5. Ballot deposited.  When the voter leaves the voting booth, the voter shall proceed to the ballot box. The clerk shall require the voter to deposit in the ballot box all ballots, marked or unmarked, issued to the voter under subsection 3, and the voter shall then leave the area enclosed by the guardrail. The voter may not leave the guardrail enclosure until the voter has deposited all ballots that were issued to the voter. The voter may permit a family member or an assistant under section 672 to deposit the ballots for the voter.
A. [2001, c. 310, §35 (RP).]
[ 2001, c. 310, §35 (AMD) .]
6. Reentry prohibited.  A voter who has once left the area enclosed by the guardrail may not reenter.
[ 1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW) .]
7. Ballot box opening covered.  The election clerk in charge of the ballot box shall keep the opening covered except when receiving a ballot.
[ 1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW) .]
8. Secrecy preserved.  The warden at each voting place may not remain or allow any other person to remain where the warden or that person can see how a voter votes, except that a proper official may remain when the official's assistance has been requested by a voter.
[ 1999, c. 645, §3 (NEW) .]
1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW). 1995, c. 459, §58 (AMD). 1997, c. 436, §95 (AMD). 1999, c. 645, §3 (AMD). 2001, c. 310, §35 (AMD). 2003, c. 584, §9 (AMD). 2005, c. 453, §55 (AMD). 2007, c. 455, §29 (AMD). 2009, c. 253, §26 (AMD).