Elections - General Info

Election Clerks

If you are interested in serving at the polls or during an election, please complete and return the application or contact the Town Clerk's office.

Annual Municipal Election

The annual municipal election is held on the first and second Tuesdays in June. The first Tuesday is the open town meeting voting on the next fiscal year budget, etc. The second Tuesday is the "secret ballot" election of town councilors, school committee members, MDI District Trustees, and referendum.

General Election

The state / federal general election is held on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November. The state primary election is held on the second Tuesday of June of each general election year. Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.


Elections are held in:
Municipal Building Auditorium
93 Cottage St., Third Floor
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

If your mobility is impaired you may park and enter the building on the east side at ground level and take the elevator to the third floor.

Voters Registration

The State of Maine allows residents to register to vote anytime, including the day of the election. Bar Harbor residents may register to vote in person at the Town Clerk's office anytime; or when changing or renewing a driver's license at the Registry of Motor Vehicles at least 25 days prior to an election.


Proof of residency and proof of identity is required, e.g. driver's license showing physical street address in Bar Harbor; photo identification and document with voter's name and physical address.

Residence for voting purposes as defined in M.R.S.A. Title 21 A sec. 112, is that place where the person has established a fixed and principal home to which the person, whenever temporarily absent, intends to return. Under this definition, residence is something a person establishes, not something a person chooses. While the definition includes the person's "intent to return" to a residence, it makes it clear that the residence must in fact exist, and the person must have established it as a fixed and principal home.

Visit the State of Maine website for voter registration information.

Absentee Ballot Application Request & Procedures

Absentee ballot application requests are available 90 days before election date. Visit State of Maine website for application and procedures.