Dunlap: Time Running Out For Enrolled Maine Voters Who Want To Switch Party Affiliation

May 15, 2018

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is reminding voters who are enrolled in one of the four political parties, and who want to change their affiliation in time for the June 12 primaries, to do so soon. 

Dunlap says most municipalities will require party-enrolled voters who want to change their affiliation to do so by May 25.

That deadline does not affect voters who are not enrolled in one of the parties because Maine allows unenrolled voters to sign-up for any of the parties at any time, including Election Day.

However, unenrolled voters who want to vote in one of the primary elections will have to enroll in one of parties.

That's because Maine's primary system only allows party-affiliated voters to participate in the respective party's election.

Maine currently recognizes the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green Independent parties.

The June 12 primaries will feature party nomination contests for this year's governor's race, as well as the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin.