Nov. 7: the where, what, when on voting

Posted:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 9:30am
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Area voters face four state questions and some selectmen’s races and local questions at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7. We’ve rounded up the times and locations for voting and a rundown of the ballots.

The following explanation of Tuesday’s state questions comes from ballotpedia.org:

Maine Question 1, the Casino or Slot Machines in York County Initiative: A “yes” vote supports this initiative to authorize the Maine Gambling Control Board to accept an application for a license to operate slot machines or a casino in York County. A “no” vote opposes this initiative.

Maine Question 2, the Medicaid Expansion Initiative: A "yes" vote supports this initiative to require the state to provide Medicaid through MaineCare for persons under the age of 65 and with incomes equal to or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. A "no" vote opposes this initiative.

Maine Question 3, the Transportation Bond Issue: A "yes" vote supports issuing $105 million in bonds for transportation infrastructure projects. A "no" vote opposes doing so.

Maine Question 4, the Public Pension Unfunded Liabilities from Experience Losses Amendment: A "yes" vote supports this amendment to increase from 10 years to 20 years the time required for the state to pay off the Maine Public Employees Retirement System's (MainePERS) unfunded liabilities created by experience losses (i.e., losses resulting from the difference between expected performance and the actual outcome in investments). A “no” vote opposes this amendment.

Alna will vote from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire station on Route 218. The state questions are the only ones.

Damariscotta will vote from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town office and elect a selectman and consider a moratorium on new development.

Dresden votes on a Regional School Unit 2, $27 million construction project in Monmouth. Contact the town office for polling times and location.

Edgecomb votes at the town hall on Town Hall Road from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Newcastle voters will consider amendments to the land use ordinance related to short term rentals of private homes, such as AirBnB. In another article, selectmen are asking voters to grant the board the right to decide purchases of up to $25,000 without a bid process. “Right now our limit is $5,000, which isn’t enough to do anything,” Chairman Brian Foote said. “So we’re requesting that we have the option not to go to bid for small jobs.” The article would not preclude a bidding process if the selectmen felt it was warranted.

Another Newcastle article proposes an ordinance governing how long transient sellers and lunch wagons could ply their trade before needing to come before the planning board.  Sellers would have 365 days to establish their business before they have to submit a site plan.  Newcastle votes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire station on River Road.

Westport Island will vote at the town hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. State questions only. 

Wiscasset polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Wiscasset Community Center. Voters will consider four local referendum questions which would authorize an ambulance purchase, repeal the historic preservation ordinance, apply funds raised for town planning to the 2017 tax commitment, and amend the shellfish ordinance to allow the select board to increase clamming license fees.      

Woolwich’s municipal ballot has three residents vying for two seats on the select board. Also in Woolwich, the Regional School Unit 1 ballot has a school referendum and a seat on the board of directors. Voting is 8 a.m.  to 8 p.m. at Woolwich Central School on Nequasset Road.