SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Secretary of State is expecting a low voter turnout for this election day, with no candidates on the statewide ballot. Instead voters are casting ballots on five Bond proposals.
Turnout at the South Portland Community Center is described as being above average for an off year election. The warden tells NEWS CENTER they were slammed first thing this morning when the polls opened. Then there was a steady trickle throughout the day.
Late this afternoon as people began heading home work the lines picked up significantly. More than 1700 people have cast ballots here. With no candidates on the statewide ballots voters are being asked to decide five bond questions. They're being asked if they support funding initiatives for transportation projects, the Maine National Guard, the University of Maine System, community colleges and Maine Maritime Academy.
But the one issue that has voters turning out to vote here is the Waterfront Protection Ordinance. Opponents say it would cripple petroleum based businesses and stop them from expanding and growing. Supporters say it would simply stop the harmful tar sands oil from coming through the city.