Some Maine citizens see 2-hour lines as turnout likely to break 2016 records – Bangor Daily News

3November 2020

Ballot throughout Maine is proceeding “without occurrence or considerable hold-ups,” according to a nonpartisan political organization, which deployed volunteer election observers to all 16 counties.

“We have no reports of disturbances and nearly universally great COVID-19 precautions. There have been some long lines, with Biddeford, Augusta and Portland the longest, however a lot of are moving rapidly. We are en path to a historical citizen turnout,” the League of Women Voters of Maine stated in a twelve noon declaration. The league does not support or oppose political celebrations or candidates.

Maine historically has had among the highest turnout rates in the nation, and some municipalities this year might top their own records. On the Maine Public radio show Maine Calling, Kennebunk Town Clerk Merton Brown stated he is anticipating about 90 percent voter turnout.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap stated there was”no concern”Maine would break the 2016 turnout record of nearly 772,000 voters after nearly 500,000 successfully voted by absentee ballot since Monday afternoon.

While people were able to vote in individual rapidly in many locations Tuesday, the lines in Portland kept people waiting outside for as much as an hour and 45 minutes.

Portland resident Rachel Taylor, 31, stated she reached the Italian Heritage Center on Westland Avenue at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t complete voting until 9:15 a.m. The majority of her wait was outdoors in the cold. When she went into the structure, she was frustrated to see there was just one line to provide individuals ballots, instead of the typical two.

“Everyone was in great spirits. No one was misbehaving,”Taylor stated. But “just because it’s easy for me … to take 2 hours out of the day to exercise this right … does not suggest it’s even possible for everyone else.”

Others throughout Portland reported similar wait times this morning.

There were no lines in Bangor, nevertheless.

Tory Alley, 35, of Bangor chose to enact person at the Cross Insurance Center on Main Street because it was something important that he ‘d always done, he stated. What’s more, “the city has actually done a fantastic task as far as spacing,” he stated. “It’s very good and organized therein.”

In Presque Isle, Tamia Glidden stated voting face to face felt more significant, even if there was a wait. About three dozen people were in line when the polls opened at 7 a.m.

“It’s simply something I have actually done all my life. It’s a really essential thing for everybody to vote,” Glidden stated. “It was fantastic. I was so delighted to see all of these people end up so early in the early morning. I hope the line continues all the time. However as long as you vote, it does not matter.”

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