In celebration of National Voter Registration Month, the Maine Department of the Secretary of State is encouraging all voting-age citizens to register in preparation for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, referendum election.

“In Maine we are fortunate to lead the nation in the percentage of eligible citizens who are registered to vote in our elections,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said. “Nevertheless, there remain Maine citizens who are eligible but are not registered, and it is our goal that every eligible citizen registers and participates in our elections.”

The National Association of Secretaries of State established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002 to encourage voter participation and increase awareness about state requirements.

Citizens can register to vote at their town office or city hall on any business day, up to and including Election Day. Applications mailed to the town or city hall, or delivered by a third person as part of a voter registration drive, must be received in the municipal office by Tuesday, Oct. 13. Voters are reminded to update voter registration in the town or city in which they live in the case of address or name changes.

To encourage Maine’s young people to become engaged in the electoral process, the bureau sends voter registration cards to all public high schools. This year, students are encouraged to host voter registration drives at school to promote the importance of voting. All of the necessary information on how to conduct a drive is now posted in the Student Programs section of the Secretary of State's website, along with posters and logos students can post in their school hallways to promote their event.

To learn more about Maine’s elections, including the online absentee ballot request service, visit maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/index.html.