Voters came out across the state Tuesday for Primary Day.
The major contests in our area have been the two primaries for Maine’s Second District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
On the Democratic side, University of Maine graduate Emily Cain is running against working-class advocate Troy Jackson.
For the GOP, businessman and Tea Party favorite Bruce Poliquin is running against former Maine Senate President Kevin Raye.
There are also 13 different state primary contests being decided today–three for the State Senate and ten for the State House.
In Bangor voters are deciding whether to pass a new school budget, spending which the Bangor Education Association says is necessary, but some oppose because it would trigger a projected 7% tax hike for city residents.
Bangor City Clerk Lisa Goodwin says voting has gone smoothly at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Last year’s elections were the first time that voters cast their ballots at the Cross Center. Due to the distance from parking, voting was moved from the downstairs ballroom area to the upstairs concourse area for Tuesday’s primaries. Goodwin says it remains to be decided whether voting will remain upstairs for the general election in November. Goodwin says voter turnout has hovered around 8% in Bangor, with about 1700 people casting their ballots.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says turnout in other parts of the state has been similar. Dunlap visited Waterville, Portland, Lewiston and Augusta before ending the day in Bangor. Dunlap says there have been a few minor voting issues, but nothing major to report.