May 28, 2018
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‘Steady’ streams of voters in Aroostook County

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — “Steady” was the word commonly used to describe action at the polls in Aroostook County on Election Day, as a constant stream of voters flowed into many polling places to cast ballots on a number of hot-button issues.

Voters also were choosing representatives to serve on municipal and school board seats.

“Turnout has been great so far, very steady,” Presque Isle City Clerk Nancy Nichols said Tuesday afternoon. “There was a line at the door when the polls opened this morning, but everyone is getting through quickly.”

Nichols said she was “very encouraged” to see the number of voters, particularly in an off-year election.

Nichols said that by noon Tuesday more than 400 people had cast ballots. That figure came on top of the 700 absentee ballots cast before Election Day.

“That is 10 percent of our voters, so that is great,” she said. “There has not been a dull moment here. It has been active all day.”

Officials in Fort Kent, Houlton, Madawaska and Littleton also characterized the turnout as steady through Tuesday afternoon.

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