Can a Felon Vote in Maine? -

Can a Felon Vote in Maine?

Maine was admitted as the 23rd state to the US on March 15, 1820. The state capital is located in Augusta and the largest city in the state is Portland. The area of Maine, which is comprised of just over 35,380 square miles, makes the state the 39th largest in the US. With a population of around 1,330,000 people, Maine is the 41st most populous US state. People who live in Maine are known as Mainers.

The major industries in Maine include the growing and harvesting of potatoes, ship-building, fishing, especially the capture of lobsters, the production of footwear, machinery and electronics, and tourism. A major lake in the state is Lake Moosehead and the Androscoggin River is a major tributary. The highest point is found on Mt. Katahdin, which is about 5,260 feet or 1,606 meters above sea level

Maine, which has 16 counties, borders New Hampshire and the country of Canada. The origin of the state’s name makes reference to the area as a “mainland.” The state goes by the nickname of the Pine Tree State and the state motto, Dirigo, means “I direct.” When it comes to voting rights in Maine, felons are “directed” to vote in the same manner as before their incarceration. They do not lose their voting privileges when they are incarcerated.

Maine is an outlier when it comes to voting rights as felons can vote while in jail or after the completion of their sentence. Along with Vermont, Maine stands out as being very tolerant and lenient in its stance. You can read back-up information about Maine’s standing on the subject by clicking on this news link.

Felon Voting Law in Maine

Registering to vote in Maine has more to do with your residency versus whether or not you are a felon. To be eligible to register to vote in the state, you must prove you are a US citizen, be at least 17 years old, and must be 18 years old by the time of a scheduled general election. You can be 17 years old to vote in a primary election.

You also must show you have established and maintain a residence in the municipality where you live in the state. This municipality can include a town, city, or unorganized township where you plan to register.

Incarcerated individuals who are residing in the county jail or a state correctional facility can register to vote in Maine, provided it is in the municipality where they previously had established residency – a place that is considered a principal home or fixed residence. They should be planning to return to this residence upon discharge of their sentence. You can find out more details by clicking on this link.

How a Felon in Maine Can Restore Their Voting Rights

Besides Vermont, Maine is the only state in the US where a felon does not need to restore their right to vote once they have been released from jail or prison. Instead, they can vote while they are still incarcerated. Whether they is serving time for a crime or out on parole, they are free to vote in a primary or general election.

Other Resources For Felons in Maine

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