SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The beat-up condition of Main Street might have had absolutely nothing to do with it, but voter turnout in Southwest Harbor, at 55 percent, was the lowest of the four Mount Desert Island towns for Tuesday’s election.
The percentage of registered voters going to the polls was 65 percent in Mount Desert, 64 percent in Tremont and 61 percent in Bar Harbor.
Southwest Harbor Town Clerk Marilyn Lowell said she and other election officials heard only a few complaints about the road construction from those who went to the fire station to cast their ballots.
Following last week’s rain, sleet and snow, Main Street was in particularly bad shape, a minefield of large potholes making driving a bone-jarring adventure. On Tuesday evening, mufflers, car body parts and other debris could be seen lying along the muddy surface.
Town Manager Don Lagrange said the construction crews have been doing their best to keep the roadway passable, but heavy equipment and constant traffic make that difficult.
The construction work is to be shut down for the winter by Thanksgiving.