Voter Registration/Election Information
The State of Maine allows residents to register to vote anytime, including the day of the election. Guilford residents may register to vote in person at the Town Clerk’s office anytime; or when changing or renewing a driver’s license at the Registry of Motor Vehicles at least 25 days prior to an election. You must be at least 17 years old to complete a voter registration and at least 18 years old to actually vote.
Proof of residency and proof of identity is required, e.g. driver’s license showing physical street address in Guilford; photo identification and document with voter’s name and physical address.
Residence for voting purposes as defined in M.R.S.A. Title 21A Sec. 112, is that place where the person has established a fixed and principal home to which the person, whenever temporarily absent, intends to return. Under this definition, residence is something a person establishes, not something a person chooses. While the definition includes the person’s “intent to return” to a residence, it makes it clear that the residence must in fact exist, and the person must have established it as a fixed and principal home.
Visit the State of Maine website for voter registration information.
Absentee Ballot Application Request & Procedures
Absentee ballot application requests are available 90 days before election date. Visit the Guilford Town Office to obtain an application, or you may apply electronically through the State of Maine site.
There are three different elections held annually.
Municipal Elections are held annually the 3rd Monday in March. At this election you may cast your ballot for the following town officials: Selectmen, school board directors, sanitary district director, library trustees and budget committee members. The meeting is held at 7:00PM at the P.C.E.S. (formerly, Middle School) cafetorium. This is the Town Meeting where all financial and procedural town matters are decided.
The primary elections are designed to narrow the field of candidates hem two or more from the same party are running for the same office. Statewide referendums may also be on the ballot. Polls open at 8am and close at 8pm and are held at the Guilford Fire Station.
The General Election is the state/federal general election which is held on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November. Polls open at 8am and close at 8pm and are held at the Guilford Fire Station. For more information about registration, statewide referendum & candidates we suggest you visit the Maine Secretary of State’s Election Page.