BAR HARBOR — Town clerks across the Mount Desert Island area are gearing up for next week’s presidential election as scores of residents continue to avail themselves of early voting options.
According to Bar Harbor Town Clerk Pat Gray, about 25 percent of the town’s 4,300 registered voters have requested absentee ballots or voted early in person in her office. “That’s not as high as 2008,” she explained.
Residents have through the closing of the polls Nov. 8 to return the ballots in any area town. The last day to request an absentee ballot or vote early in the clerk’s office is today (Thursday, Nov. 3).
“The lines shouldn’t be too long on Nov. 8,” Gray said.
State election officials are reminding people who may not have voted in several years that their registrations may have lapsed. Those who have not cast ballots in the last two statewide election cycles (four years) were sent notification from the state that they have to reregister. Citizens can register to vote at the polls on Election Day but must have identification and proof of residence.
On the ballot next Tuesday is the race for U.S. president. In Maine, area residents will choose between incumbent Bruce Poliquin (R-Phippsburg) and Democrat Emily Cain (D-Orono) for U.S. representative in the 1st Congressional District.
Races for Maine Senate and House, as well as county officers, also are on the ballot.
In separate referendum balloting, Maine residents will rule on marijuana legalization, school funding, background checks for gun purchases, the minimum wage, ranked-choice voting and bonds for infrastructure improvements
In order to give as many people as possible access to the area’s fastest and most comprehensive election returns, there will be unlimited free access to the Islander’s website on election night and early the next morning. For all the latest results, check frequently at www.mdislander.com.