Your Vote 2017

RESULTS:

  • Question 1: York County Casino
    • Yes, 57,230 - 17 percent
    • * No, 285,074 - 83 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent
  • Question 2: Medicaid Expansion
    • * Yes, 202,456 - 59 percent
    • No, 141,033 - 41 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent
  • Question 3: Transportation Bond
    • * Yes, 246,064 - 72 percent
    • No, 95,560 - 28 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent
  • Question 4: Constitutional Amendment
    • * Yes, 208,094 - 63 percent
    • No, 122,325 - 37 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent

Asterisks indicate an AP-called race. Results last updated 11:59 a.m.

STATEWIDE BALLOT QUESTIONS:

LOCAL BALLOT QUESTIONS:

  • In Portland, voters decided whether to:
    • Rehabilitate four schools, two schools, or none. (read more here)
    • Establish tenants' rights and rent stabilization measures. (read more here)
  • In Lewiston and Auburn, voters decided whether to consolidate municipalities into Lewiston-Auburn. (read more here)

Scroll down for more stories on Maine's 2017 elections, which took place Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The ballot campaign to expand Medicaid is over. But making sure roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers actually receive that health coverage? Far from it.

Maine voters voted overwhelmingly to expand Medicaid. But how long will it be before the 70,000 or so Mainers who qualify are covered? It could be months.

Maine Public State House Reporter Mal Leary and Maine Things Considered Host Nora Flaherty discussed the implementation of Maine’s Medicaid expansion. This interview has been edited for clarity.

Flaherty: I think when people heard the news that the referendum had passed many thought coverage would start shortly. Why is it going to take so long?

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Faced with a choice of two proposals, Portland voters came out overwhelmingly in support of a $64 million bond Tuesday night to renovate four of the city’s public elementary schools.

Nearly two-thirds of Portland residents supported the project, which will renovate the city’s Longfellow, Reiche, Presumpscot and Lyseth elementary schools. Currently, the schools have problems such as overcrowding and unmet structural issues.

Portland residents rejected a rent-limit proposal Tuesday night in a lopsided 13,466 to 7,595 vote, according to unofficial results posted by the city.

The referendum’s backers pitched it as a temporary brake on this decade’s rapid rent hikes, which forced many middle- and lower-income Portland residents off the city’s peninsula or even out of the city altogether. But they faced stiff, well-financed opposition from landlords at both ends of the spectrum — those who rent at market rate and affordable housing groups, too.

Mainers have approved a $105 million transportation bond issue.

The proposal on the Tuesday ballot will bring an estimated $137 million in matching grants. The bulk of the money would be used to improve secondary roads and bridges.

Money would also benefit ports, harbors, marine transportation, aviation, railroad and bicycle and pedestrian trails. A small amount would also go to improving culverts, stream crossings and wildlife habitats.

Mainers have approved a constitutional amendment dealing with the state pension system.

The ballot question on Tuesday dealt with amortization of pension losses.

Many voters were confused by the wording of the ballot question, but it still won support.

The idea was to stretch from 10 years to 20 years the time required to pay back any unfunded liability that was created by investment losses. The state says the extended timeline would insulate the system from shifts in the economy while still protecting the public retirement system.

The husband of the late state Rep. Gina Mason has won a special election to fill her seat.

Richard Mason, a Republican, beat Democrat Scott Gaiason on Tuesday in the election in House District 56, which includes Lisbon.

The seat was left empty when Gina Mason died on Sept. 5 at age 57. The winner will serve out her term, through November 2018.

The Masons’ son is Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, who’s running for governor.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Lewiston and Auburn voters rejected a proposal to merge the Twin Cities on Tuesday night.

Since April 2017, the issue has been fiercely debated. Supporters of the idea argued merging would eliminate bureaucratic redundancies and spur economic development. But their arguments failed to convince voters, who were skeptical of the projected savings and feared logistical and political challenges that might arise.

Gene Geiger, who has been working on a consolidation plan for three years, said he’s disappointed by the outcome but that he’ll move on.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Voters overwhelmingly approved Question 2, which will extend Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act to more than 70,000 people.

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

For nearly two years, the York county casino campaign and international casino developer Shawn Scott have been undeterred by neither cost nor controversy. But on Tuesday, Scott, who has been roundly criticized for commercializing Maine’s citizen initiative process, ran into the one thing that could stop him: Maine voters.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says that based on what he has seen and heard from local election officials, turnout could reach 30 percent this Election Day.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's top election official is predicting a "low to moderate'' turnout on Election Day.
 
Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and whether to approve a third casino in southern Maine. Also on the statewide ballot are bonds and a constitutional amendment that deals with the state pension program.
 
Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he expects turnout on the order of 20 to 30 percent of the voting age population in Maine.
 

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

The Maine Ethics Commission took a series of votes Friday to fine campaign committees controlled by the sister of casino developer Shawn Scott a total of $500,000 for obscuring the source of millions of dollars pumped into the York County casino campaign.

The total fine is against four campaign committees controlled by Lisa Scott and another co-operated by Augusta lobbyist Cheryl Timberlake.

The commission held Scott and Timberlake jointly liable for the $130,000 penalty against the Horseracing Jobs Fairness Committee.

Leaders of Maine’s two largest Indian tribes are criticizing Question 1, the ballot measure that would create a casino in York County as a bad deal for Mainers and for the tribes.

In a written statement, the chiefs of the Passamaquoddy’s two reservations and the Penobscot Nation say if voters authorize Question 1, it “would represent a manipulation of our state’s policymaking process, harm the tribes and prevent rural economic development in Maine.”

Next week, Maine voters will be asked to weigh in another $105 million in borrowing to pay for needed transportation infrastructure.  This week, a lobbying group called TRIP released its latest assessment of one segment of that transportation infrastructure:  bridges.

The TRIP assessment: 14 percent of Maine bridges remain structurally deficient.  The group says that's the ninth highest percentage in the nation.

But state transportation official Andrew Bickmore says the 14 percent figure may not be as bad as it sounds

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