Maine

Snapshot: Maine receives a low score on ease of voting and a middling score on ballot security, but its elected officials didn’t respond favorably to claims about the 2020 election.

Ease of Voting

Some measures to expand access
3 out of 7 benchmarks

Ballot Security

Some measures to ensure accuracy and security
4 out of 8 benchmarks

What Politicians Say

Few responses that undermined the 2020 election
4 out of 4 benchmarks

Maine made mostly minor changes to election law since Biden won that make it easier to vote and reduce the potential for trouble counting ballots.

In a high-profile decision, Democratic Governor Janet Mills vetoed a bill that would have barred companies owned by foreign governments from getting involved in ballot measures.

The legislation was inspired by a $10 million lobbying effort by Canadian-owned Hydro-Quebec to defeat referendums that would have ended a project it was involved in.


Ease of Voting

Is the state making it easy for eligible voters to register and cast a ballot?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Maine compares to other states
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New laws allow Maine residents to register to vote online and use student IDs from private or public colleges in Maine or tribal identification as voter ID and create alternative ways for residents of nursing homes to vote during a public health emergency.


Ballot Security

Is the state following best practices to ensure ballot counting is accurate and timely?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Maine compares to other states
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A 2021 law allows local elections administrators to begin processing mail-in ballots seven days before the election, which can help prevent delays in counting and certifying elections.

Another law bars elections administrators from counting votes from mail-in ballots or releasing any results until they have all been processed after polls close on Election Day.

Those changes would help prevent the swings in vote totals caused when different types of ballots are counted that spurred conspiracy theories after the 2020 election.

Other new laws tightened the rules around how elections administrators handle unused ballots, voting machines and ballot counting machines; and required local elections administrators receive training on how to de-escalate conflicts and report threats and harassment.


How Politicians Responded to the 2020 Election

What did the state do in the aftermath of Trump's defeat?
Met 0 out of 0 benchmarks
How Maine compares to other states
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Other states
← Fewer efforts to undermine 2020 election
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None of Maine’s top officials took any action to overturn the 2020 election.


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Story by: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison
Graphics by: Paul Murray, Allison McCartney and Mira Rojanasakul
With assistance by: Rachael Dottle, Marie Patino, Jenny Zhang, Gregory Korte, Romy Varghese, Vincent Del Giudice, Nathan Crooks, Margaret Newkirk, Shruti Date Singh, David Welch, Elise Young, Dina Bass, Brendan Walsh, Carey Goldberg and Maria Wood
Editors: Wendy Benjaminson, Wes Kosova, Alex Tribou and Yue Qiu
Photo editors: Eugene Reznik, Marisa Gertz and Maria Wood
Photo credits: Getty Images, Bloomberg and AP Photo