Get ready to vote this Election Day!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 and we want you to get out and vote! Advocacy is key to our mission and one of the most important aspects of the Preble Street Advocacy Team’s work this time of year is ensuring that Mainers experiencing homelessness, hunger, and poverty know their voting rights and are registered to vote. Preble Street also educates the community at large on current issues that impact our most vulnerable neighbors. As part of this effort, the team collaborates with Homeless Voices for Justice (HVJ) on their You Don’t Need a Home to Vote campaign, which focuses on voter registration among folks who are currently unhoused and encourages them to get involved politically.   

As part of the campaign, HVJ hosts annual candidate’s forums to provide opportunities for candidates running for office to connect with individuals who are unhoused or living in poverty, a community that often feels underrepresented or left behind by political systems.

How do I vote?

  1. In person on November 8 at your polling place
  2. Absentee ballot submitted via mail, dropped off at your local town office, or your town’s secure ballot drop box
    1. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on November 3. To make sure your vote is counted, it is imperative that you sign your envelope and mail your absentee ballot at least a week in advance.
  3. In-person absentee voting at your local town office
    1. You can vote “absentee in-person” at your local town office. Call your town office, or go to their website for more information.

If you haven’t yet registered to vote, or unsure if you are registered you can check you voter registration status here.

Why should I vote?

Local, state, and federal politics all have a significant impact on the lives of the people who use Preble Street services. The candidates who are elected will soon have the power to make decisions about shelter services, the substance use epidemic, affordable housing, social safety net spending, mental healthcare availability, and other issues. Help us spread the word about the importance of voting in local elections and we’ll see you at the polls on November 8!

And remember: you don’t need a home to vote!