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PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION

MARCH 5, 2023 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION – NEW SEMI-OPEN PRIMARY: Effective January 1, 2024, Maine is transitioning from a closed primary system to a semi-open primary.  This means that unenrolled voters will now be able to participate in the Presidential Primary and the June 11, 2024 State Primary.  Voters enrolled in a specific party can only vote in that party’s primary.  Registered voters with an Unenrolled status can vote in ONE primary of the party of their choice.

Reminder: Voters Enrolled in a Party

  1. Unenrolled Voters – Voters who are not enrolled in a party may choose to vote in one party’s primary.
  2. Voters enrolled in a party – may only vote in that party’s primary.

Explanation:

  • Voters that are enrolled in a qualified party participating in the primary must be provided with that party ballot, even if the voter selects a different ballot on the absentee ballot request. Only unenrolled voters can participate in a party’s primary without enrolling in the party.
  •  Voters enrolled in a qualifying party (Forward, No Labels or People’s) do not have an option to select a ballot. They must either enroll in a qualified party or become unenrolled to participate in the primary.
  •  Voters that change or withdraw their enrollment within 15 days of the election are ineligible to participate in the primary. Reminder: A voter must remain in a party for 3 months before changing parties or unenrolling. They must do so at least 15 days before the primary in order to be eligible to vote in the primary.

Application for Absentee Ballot:

  • There have been changes to the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Application for Absentee Ballot to request ONE party primary ballot if the voter requesting is “Unenrolled” status.

Each qualified party had until October 1, 2023 to file a certification with the Secretary of State to participate in the Presidential Primary. The Democratic and Republican parties are the only parties that will hold primaries on March 5th . The Green Independent and Libertarian parties will not be participating. The chart below illustrates the ballot options for the Presidential Primary based on voter enrollment:

Voter Enrollment Status                                                                Ballot Options

Unenrolled                                                                                         May select either a Democratic or Republican ballot.

Democratic                                                                                         No ballot selection – must receive Democratic ballot.

Green Independent                                                                        No ballot selection – Party not participating in Primary.

Libertarian                                                                                          No ballot selection – Party not participating in Primary.

Republican                                                                                          No ballot selection – must receive Republican ballot.

No Labels (qualifying)                                                                     No ballot selection (qualifying party). If No Labels becomes “qualified” in January, the party will still not be participating in primary.

 

This information is directly from the Secretary of State’s Office Division of Elections and is available on maine.gov .

Resources:

FINAL 2024 Elections Handout 20231206

3 5 2024 PresPrimaryApplnAbsenteeBallot

Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions (maine.gov)

3/5/2024 Presidential Primary Absentee Ballot

2024 Enrollment Options

Ballot Access for the Presidential Primary Election

Providing Absentee Ballots for the Semi-Open Presidential Primary

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