Election Information

STATE ELECTIONS JULY 14

The State Primary and Special Referendum Election is set for Tuesday, July 14. At this time, both in-person and absentee voting are available for the election. 

Durham residents can vote in person on July 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Durham AMVETS Post 13, 1049 Royalsborough Rd. 

For those who would rather vote by absentee ballot and minimize interaction with others during the COVID-10 pandemic, this is an option. Casting an absentee ballot is convenient and secure. 

Absentee ballots may be requested in writing, by phone, online, or in person up to and including the day of the election, without specifying a reason. However, if you are asking to receive your ballot by mail, please request it early enough to allow for postal mail delivery time – both to receive it and return it (2-5 days each way).

  • You can request an absentee ballot by calling the Durham Town Clerk’s office at 353-2561 x11
  • You can request an absentee ballot online or by mail from the Secretary of State's website: https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/online-form.pl
  • Absentee ballot requests are being accepted right now. Printed ballots will be available by mid-June, and we will issue your ballot as soon as possible after that date. 
  • Ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, July 14.

For additional information click here.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has put together a video about this year's elections. To view the short video click here.

MUNICIPAL ELECTION AND TOWN MEETING SECRET BALLOT REFERENDUM

Due to the pandemic, the Town of Durham will not be holding a traditional Town Meeting.  On July 14, 2020, the Town will vote on the municipal budget and officials by secret ballot in conjunction with the State and RSU5 ballots.  

Click here to read the final warrant as voted on by the Select Board on May 12.  Additional information and a sample of the actual ballot will be available in the coming weeks. There will be a Virtual Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 9, at 6:00 p.m.

To view the Sample Ballot for the Municipal Officers vote click here.

 

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Town of Durham Election Results for March 3, 2020

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Durham's polling location has changed from the Durham Community School to the AMVETS Post #13, 1049 Royalsborough Rd.

The location change is the result of a request from RSU5 to the Town of Durham to hold its smaller turnout elections in a location other than the Durham Community School in order to protect students. During elections, the side door to the school must remain open all day, which means the school is not secured. Large turnout elections will still be held at the DCS, but students will not be in school on those days. Durham has limited facilities to hold elections so the Town studied areas, locations, parking, accessibility, lighting, and multiple other factors. The Town filed a report of these findings with the Secretary of State and the new location was approved.

The new polling location will take effect with the next election, set for Tuesday, March 3. Polling hours will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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At a Special Town Meeting on December 9, 2019, Durham voters approved proposed changes to the Town's Land Use Ordinance.

About 30 residents attended the meeting at the Durham Community School and passed all five articles on the Warrant. Next steps in the process will be announced in the near future.

To see the Warrant click here.