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.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

In less than a month, voters in Lewiston and Auburn will decide on a proposal to merge the two cities. Signs that read “No Merger” and “One LA” are springing up in neighborhoods on both sides of the Androscoggin River, which divides the two communities.

This is the second in a two-part series. Part one: Lewiston-Auburn Business Owners At Odds Over Whether The Cities Should Merge.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public

Next month, residents of Lewiston and Auburn will vote on a proposal to merge the two cities. Business owners have been among the most vocal cheerleaders of the idea, which they say would improve efficiency, reduce administrative costs and lower taxes — but critics are more concerned about what they could lose.

In what is believed to be his first public appearance in Maine in several years, controversial casino developer Shawn Scott appeared on a local radio station on Wednesday to urge voters to authorize a York County casino.

Scott’s advocacy for Question 1 came on the same day that he and some of HIS associates were a no-show at a legislative hearing called to shed light on a heavily scrutinized campaign that’s under investigation by the Maine Ethics Commission.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is urging voters to oppose a ballot initiative to build a casino in York County, using his weekly radio address to launch his most extensive critique of Question 1 yet.

Earlier this year, LePage said the initiative was all about greed. But the governor’s address released Tuesday went further, taking direct aim at what he described as Yes on 1’s deceptive ad campaign.

Next month, voters in Maine will head to the polls to weigh in on four statewide ballot questions, including one that would allow a casino in York County, and another that would expand access to Medicaid. It’s expected that the casino campaign will generate millions of dollars from both supporters and opponents. But in this off-year election, with no candidates on the ballot, some observers believe that it’s the Medicaid question that will drive voter turnout on November 7.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Gambling developer Shawn Scott’s campaign to convince Mainers to approve a casino at an undisclosed location in York County began nearly two years ago with over $20,000 in refunds for bus tickets, airfare, rental cars and hotel rooms.

The Maine Medical Association and the Maine Primary Care Association are urging voters to support a ballot initiative on next month’s statewide ballot to expand Medicaid.

Their announcement at a press conference in Portland Wednesday follows an endorsement earlier this month by the Maine Hospital Association. But the medical community’s support is not swaying Gov. Paul LePage, who dedicated his weekly radio address to oppose Question 2.

A new political action committee has formed in Portland to support the less expensive of two proposed bonds aimed at improvements to the city’s aging schools.

Backers of both items want to rescue four aging elementary schools. One would float a $64 million bond to renovate all four facilities. The other would authorize about half that amount to rehab two of them, and rely on the state’s school improvement program to replace the other two with brand-new facilities.

Portland landlords are digging deep to fight a “fair rent” referendum question on the city’s November ballot.

Backers of the lengthy item describe it as a temporary rent stabilization plan. Landlords are calling it rent control, and campaign finance reports filed at City Hall Thursday show the Say No To Rent Control group has raised more than $146,000.

Dozens of landlords, located in Portland and as far away as San Francisco, contributed as much as $15,000 each compared with a total of just over $3,000 raised by the Fair Rent Portland group that proposed the initiative.

More than 150 small-business owners in Maine are endorsing a ballot question to expand Medicaid. At a press conference in Portland on Tuesday, members of the Maine Small Business Coalition made the economic case for extending health care coverage to about 70,000 people.

When Portland-based developer Tim Soley looks at Medicaid expansion through a business lens, he sees the federal money that would flow into the state. Under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. government covers about 90 percent of the cost to expand Medicaid.

Maine’s hospitals came out in support Friday of a November ballot item that would expand the state’s Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands more state residents.

Maine Hospital Association vice president Jeff Austin says the group is generally wary of using voter referendums to make policy. But now that the question is on the ballot, he says, the association feels obligated to support the goal of helping those without good medical access get care.

And he says it will help the hospitals’ bottom line.

Lewiston residents had their say Thursday night on whether their city should merge with neighboring Auburn.

Abukar Adan / Maine Public

A proposed ordinance to control rent and curb evictions in Portland sparked a heated debate during a City Council hearing Wednesday night.  But opponents' arguments failed to sway the council, which voted to put the item on the November ballot.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Mainers for Health Care officially launched their campaign to expand Medicaid though a ballot initiative this November.

Dr. Elizabeth Rothe, a family medicine physician at Central Maine Medical Center, says expanding the insurance program will not only help an estimated 70,000 Mainers, it will also help hospitals.

"Caring for patients who cannot pay their bills puts hospital budgets in the red," Rothe says. "It jeopardizes jobs, departments, and even entire hospitals. Maine needs to expand Medicaid."

Mal Leary / Maine Public

A group of Republican lawmakers, and former GOP party chairman Rick Bennett, are questioning the wording of the citizen initiated ballot question expanding Medicaid coverage.

The group says the proposed wording talks about Medicaid as health insurance instead of what they say it is — a welfare program. They want all references to insurance out of the ballot question. 

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