Learn how to register to vote, how to vote absentee and polling hours and locations.
- Absentee Voting Information
- Polling Hours, Locations & Wards
- Voter Registration
If you are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day, you may obtain an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are available at the City Clerk’s Office 30 days prior to the election. The absentee ballot may be voted at City Hall or mailed to the voter.
The state law permits absentee ballots to be cast at any election by any voter who properly requests a ballot. If a voter is interested in voting in a particular election, but is unable to go to the polling place on Election Day, then the voter should obtain an absentee ballot.
Voters may vote by absentee ballot at City Hall. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Before each major election, the City Clerk’s Department also offers special hours to correct the voter’s list and conduct absentee voting. Please call 207-667-2563 to verify dates and times.
Voters may also call to request a ballot be sent by mail. An immediate family member (on behalf of the voter) may, in writing, request a ballot be sent by mail or delivered to the voter by that family member. Applications for an absentee ballot may also be downloadable through this web site as an election draws near.
If the ballot is returned by another immediate family member, the other immediate family member must also sign the application or written request indicating they returned the ballot. The family member must state his/her relationship to the voter.
If you have any other questions about the voting process here in the city, please contact the City Clerk’s Office or call 207-667-2563.
Municipal elections are held on Tuesday following the first Monday in November. During each municipal election, all positions are up for election.
The State of Maine general and referendum elections are held annually on Tuesday following the first Monday in November. The primary election is held on the 2nd Tuesday of June of each general election year.
Regular polling hours are open at 8:00 am and close at 8:00 pm. During Presidential Elections the City Council will often authorize poles to open at 7 am.
Absentee Ballots must be turned in prior to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
There are 4 polling place locations within the City of Ellsworth. Voters are required to vote at the appropriate polling place location for their ward. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall for the location of your ward.
- Ward One votes in the Upstairs Auditorium at Ellsworth City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, and covers the entire downtown area on the east of the Union River.
- Ward Two votes at Your Place Community Center, 4 Old Mill Road, behind Sunrise Glass
Community of Christ Church, 283 State Street, between Hammond Lumber and the Ellsworth High School.
- Ward Three votes in the Gymnasium at the Maine Coast Baptist Church, 867 Bangor Road, on Route 1A and covers north Ellsworth.
- Ward Four votes in the Council Chambers at Ellsworth City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, and covers the Bridge Hill area west of the Union River.
Ellsworth residents may register to vote at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall during regular business hours. Proof of residency and proof of identity are required. A physical street address in Ellsworth (not a post office box mailing address/or location such as the UPS may be used) must be demonstrated. If your Maine Driver’s License shows the correct physical address that will satisfy both requirements.
IF you do not have a driver’s license Maine allows you to use any of the following for identification to register to vote:
Government-issued photograph identification document or credential. A government-issued photograph identification document or credential, including, but not limited to, a current and valid United States passport, military identification, driver’s license or state identification; or Other government-issued identification document. A government-issued identification document without a photograph, including, but not limited to, a certified birth certificate or a signed social security card; or Other official documents. An official document, including, but not limited to, a document confirming eligibility determinations for public benefits, a utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter; or Maine ID or Driver’s License number, or last four of your social security number, if it is already in our computer system.
Maine allows you to use An official document, including, but not limited to, a document confirming eligibility determinations for public benefits, a utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter to provide proof of physical residency for the purpose of registering to vote.
If you are currently registered to vote and wish to change any information pertinent to your voting record, such as your name or address, visit the City Clerk’s office or mail the new information to: City of Ellsworth, City Clerk’s Office, 1 City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth ME 04605.