Update: 8:15 p.m.
Town of Boothbay election results:
Question 2- TIF YES 516 NO 626
Question 3- BOND YES 444 NO 625
Question 4-Misc amendments to zoning ordinances YES 426 NO 626
Question 5- Citizen-initiated ordinance change YES 499 NO 556
Voter turnout: 1,151
Question 1- YES 657 NO 481
Question 2- YES 734 NO 406
Question 3- YES 837 NO 305
Question 4- YES 672 NO 470
Question 5- YES 743 NO 398
Update: 4:30 p.m.
A steady stream of voters have visited the Boothbay Town Office since the polls opened at 8 a.m.
By 3 p.m. 750 residents out of the town's roughly 2,550 registered voters had cast ballots.
“Today, this is huge,” said Boothbay's Deputy Treasurer Tracey Hyson. “If we're at 750, I'm really surprised.”
Typically voter turnout is low during a non-presidential election year. In a presidential election, the town usually receives 2,300 votes.
“We went back and looked at the number of similar type votes and (turnout) was around 600,” said Town Manager Jim Chaousis “We easily went through 600 probably by one o'clock.”
While the town staff has been busy fielding questions and making sure things run smoothly at the polls, Chaousis said many people have been curious about the outcome of the TIF and bond questions on the local referendum.
“It will absolutely be close,” Chaousis said. “Everybody keeps asking me 'Yes or no?' I will be surprised if it's heavily one way or the other.”
With less than four hours before the polls close, the town staff is anticipating anther rush of voters during the evening commute.
Check back here for election coverage and live results at 8 p.m.
Original post: Today, November 5, Mainers head to the polls to cast votes on the local and state referendum items. Polls have opened at the Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Edgecomb town offices and the doors won’t close until 8 p.m. tonight.
In Boothbay, voters will decide on a TIF district, a $2.5 million bond, miscellaneous amendments to the zoning ordinances, and a citizen-initiated ordinance change (Stimson petition). Click above for more information.
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