Elections 2023 Voter Resource: Candidates, Issues, Polling Places


Voters will go to the polls Nov. 7, 2023 to consider state ballot proposals, municipal amendments, and if they live in Belfast or Rockland, a roster of city councilors candidates. On this page, you will find profiles of candidates, information about ballot and warrant articles, where to vote, letters to the editor and when. While most municipalities have just the state referendums before their voters this fall, there are others, such as Camden and Union, with warrant articles specific to their communities. And, there is the RSU 40 $81 million bond proposal, as well as a School Administrative District 28 $1.9 million bond proposal before Camden and Rockport voters.

“Democracy is measured not by its leaders
doing extraordinary things,
but by its citizens doing things
extraordinarily well.”    
—John Gardner

General Election

The General Election is held nationally on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.  

This fall, Maine voters will vote on eight state ballot questions. The Maine League of Women Voters has produced a guide to the statewide questions, and is available here.

And, The Maine Secretary of State’s Office has produced a Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election


Question 1: Citizen Initiative
Do you want to bar some quasi-governmental entities and all consumer-owned electric utilities from taking on more than $1 billion in debt unless they get statewide voter approval?

To learn more, read:
What to know about Maine’s electrical utilities ahead of vote on ballot initiative

Question 2: Citizen Initiative
Do you want to ban foreign governments and entities that they own, control, or influence from making campaign contributions or financing communications for or against candidates or ballot questions?

Question 3: Citizen Initiative
Do you want to create a new power company governed by an elected board to acquire and operate existing for-profit electricity transmission and distribution facilities in Maine?

Question 4: Citizen Initiative
Do you want to require vehicle manufacturers to standardize on-board diagnostic systems and provide remote access to those systems and mechanical data to owners and independent repair facilities?

To learn more about this question, read:
Maine’s auto ‘Right to Repair’ ballot initiative part of national movement

Question 5: Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to change the time period for judicial review of the validity of written petitions from within 100 days from the date of filing to within 100 business days from the date of filing of a written petition in the office of the Secretary of State, with an exception for petitions filed within 30 calendar days before or after a general election?

Question 6: Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require that all of the provisions of the Constitution be included in the official printed copies of the Constitution prepared by the Secretary of State?

To learn more, read:
Long-excluded section of Maine constitution may make a comeback

Question 7: Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to remove a provision requiring a circulator of a citizen's initiative or people's veto petition to be a resident of Maine and a registered voter in Maine, requirements that have been ruled unconstitutional in federal court?

Question 8: Constitutional Amendment
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to remove a provision prohibiting a person under guardianship for reasons of mental illness from voting for Governor, Senators and Representatives, which the United States District Court for the District of Maine found violates the United States Constitution and federal law?

To learn more, read:
Maine’s constitution says people in guardianships with mental illness cannot vote. Voters can change that in November.

Municipal Warrants and Candidates 


Appleton Fire Station, 2899 Sennebec Road, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Nov. 7, Appleton voters will consider one municipal ballot item, “Shall this municipality authorize the State to permit the sale of spirits for off-premises consumption on days other than Sunday?” This article originated with a local store wanting to sell liquor.  Sample Municipal ballot


Camden Public Safety Building, by secret ballot, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Camden’s municipal warrant can be found here.


Four candidates are competing for two open seats on the Rockland City Council, with elections set for Nov. 7. Both seats represent three-year terms. Those running for office are Adam Ackor, Nathan Davis, Kaitlin Callahan and Louise MacLellan. 

Voting will take place 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Flanagan Community Center.

Rockport will vote on 17 warrant articles pertaining to proposed changes and amendments to the municipal charter that, “revise pronouns, update terminology, remove inapplicable language, make language use consistent throughout the Charter, and add clarifying language, but make no substantive change in the operation of the Charter with respect to these revised sections....”
The charter, as Rockport states, is, “a document intended to guide future residents and public servants.”


POLLS ARE OPEN 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thomaston Municipal Building, Lura Libby Room

Thomaston has two candidates, Patricia Hubbard and Kimberly Matthews, competing for one open Select Board seat.
Union voting takes place Nov. 7 at the polls, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the William L. Pullen Municipal Building Meeting Room.
Town officials have placed on the Nov. 7 municipal ballot a group of articles they hope will give voters the opportunity to either save or sell the town-owned Thompson Community Center property.  
The five towns comprising Regional School Union 40 have a proposed $81 million spending package before their voters Nov. 7. The funding would derive from a bond, although the district has cited the possibility of seeking state and federal grants to help with the cost.
Projects included in the proposed funding package include MVHS renovations, such as a new $9 million front entry addition, and investing in energy efficiency upgrades and maintenance plans at all of six elementary, middle and high schools.
Objectives laid out by the district are to improve air quality, meet water standards, electrical and plumbing codes, reduce electricity costs and improve building infrastructures.


Camden and Rockport voters will consider a $1.9 million bond proposal by School Administrative District 28 (Camden-Rockport K-8) to install a new heating and cooling system at the elementary school following a geothermal failure, and an update about plans to improve the Public Landing on the town’s harbor front.

 “Do you favor authorizing the School Board of Maine School Administrative District 28 to issue bonds or notes in the name of the District for capital purposes in an amount not to exceed $1.9 million for the purpose of designing and installing a heating and cooling systems to replace the failed geothermal system at the Camden Rockport Elementary School?’