Gorham voters who are enrolled in a political party and would like to change their party affiliation in time to cast a ballot in the June 12 Primary Election must do so by Friday, May 25.
State law requires a 15-day waiting period after a change of enrollment before a citizen can cast a ballot in that party's primary or participate in its caucus or convention. Thus, due to the Memorial Day holiday, the deadline to change enrollment is Friday, May 25 at 1:00pm.
The State of Maine recognizes four qualified political parties: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green Independent. All other registered voters are officially considered "unenrolled," whether they consider themselves independent voters or members of other political parties that are not qualified in Maine.
Unenrolled voters can enroll in a party at any time, including Election Day, since the State of Maine offers Election Day voter registration. Registered voters who are enrolled in one of the four qualified parties, however, must change their party affiliation by May 25th, prior to primary elections in which a party is choosing its candidates.
Voters must remain in a party for three months before they are eligible to file an application for withdrawal or a change in enrollment. Additionally, those who withdraw from a party are ineligible to enroll in a different party for 15 days.
For more information, you may contact the Town Clerk’s office at 222-1670 or visit the State Website at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/voterguide.html for more information about registering to vote in Maine.