The line to vote in Bar Harbor Tuesday morning extended out of the Municipal Building Auditorium, down the stairs, once around the downstairs lobby, and, from time to time, out the door. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Early turnout is strong



BAR HARBOR — The line to vote at the Municipal Building in Bar Harbor extended outside and down the sidewalk at several points on Tuesday morning. More than 100 voters were waiting when the polls opened, and the wait extended to an hour by 9 a.m., election officials said.

By mid-morning, the wait had been reduced to an average of half an hour, explained Town Clerk Pat Gray. “It’s been very steady,” she said.

According to Gray, approximately 1,400 of the town’s 4,300 registered voters availed themselves of absentee ballots or early voting opportunities.

If the response continues at the same pace the remainder of the day, turnout could total 3,000 voters or more, Gray predicted.

That would put turnout in the 70 percent range.

Total voter turnout in Bar Harbor during the last presidential election in 2012 was 78 percent.

Gray added that there did not appear to be many people taking advantage of the ability to register to vote on Election Day.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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