City Clerk

The Department of City Clerk has three major functions:


Elections, Vital Records, and Custodian of the City Council Minutes.

November 7, 2017 Election

In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday, October 10. Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, in the State of Maine Room at City Hall.

Request an Absentee Ballot

On Thursday, November 2, 2017 only, the Clerk’s Office will remain open until 7:00 PM for the final day to request an absentee ballot and for in-person absentee voting at City Hall.

Same day voter registration is allowed at polling places on Election Day. Citizens must provide proof of identity and residency.

2017 Municipal Ballot Info - View Sample Ballot

This year, there are two Citizen Initiative Referendum questions and two City-sponsored Referendum bond questions on the municipal ballot.

 Question 1

“Do you favor the change in the City Ordinance(s) proposed by citizen petition as provided below?” “Amendment to the Portland City Code:  Chapter 6:  Buildings and Building Regulations Re: Rent Stabilization and Protection of Tenants’ Rights.” Yes/No

 Question 2

“Do you favor the change in the City Ordinance(s) proposed by citizen petition as provided below?” “Chapter 14, Subsection 58 An Amendment to strengthen zoning protection by allowing resident participation in proposed zoning changes.” Yes/No

Summaries and full ordinance language for each of these two questions will be printed on the ballot and can be seen in full by viewing this Sample Ballot.

Question 3

Shall the Order entitled “ORDER APPROVING LONGFELLOW, LYSETH, PRESUMPSCOT AND REICHE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH TOTAL PROJECT COSTS NOT TO EXCEED $64,260,136 AND AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THEREFORE, SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THIS ORDER”, with provisions for early redemption as set forth in said Order be approved? Yes/No

Question 4

Shall the Order entitled “ORDER APPROVING LYSETH AND PRESUMPSCOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH TOTAL PROJECT COSTS NOT TO EXCEED $31,626,000 AND AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS THEREFORE, SUBJECT TO THE CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THIS ORDER”, with provisions for early redemption as set forth in said Order be Approved? Yes/No

Important Note Regarding Questions 3 and 4 -- Only one question can win. If both questions receive more yes votes than no votes, then the question with the most yes votes will be the ultimate winner. A Financial Statement related to the two bond questions is included with the sample ballot and will be posted at all polling locations.