Elections

 
Supporters celebrate as returns come in for Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump during an election night rally in Manhattan, New York, Nov. 8, 2016.

At under $5 each, Trump’s votes came cheap

By Ginger Gibson and Grant Smith, Reuters on Nov. 09, 2016, at 7:12 a.m.
Donald Trump pulled off one of the biggest upsets in American political history when he toppled Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday — and he did it using far less cash than his rival.
Hunting rifles and home defense weapons are offered for sale at the Bangor Gun Show at the Bangor Auditorium. in this September 2009 file photo.

Maine rejects expanded gun background checks in rebuke to Bloomberg

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 09, 2016, at 3:10 a.m.
The campaign was always up against elements of Maine’s culture.
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Nick Murray pins a sign to a wall at the Yes on 1 election night headquarters in Portland on Tuesday night.

Maine voters narrowly endorse legal marijuana, but opponents weigh recount

By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd on Nov. 09, 2016, at 3:04 a.m.
Maine will join Massachusetts in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, becoming one of two first eastern states in the country to open its doors to the multimillion-dollar industry.

Incumbent, two former members win Bangor City Council seats

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1:37 a.m.
An incumbent and two former members won City Council seats in unofficial election results released early Wednesday.
Donald Trump supporters bond over the candidate taking another swing state at an election results party hosted by U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin after midnight Wednesday at Dysart's in Bangor.

Clinton wins Maine, but Trump takes one electoral vote

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 09, 2016, at 1:10 a.m.
Donald Trump is in line to snare one of the state’s four Electoral College votes, splitting Maine’s apportionment for the first time in history and fueling his push toward an upset victory.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin celebrates after declaring victory over Emily Cain in the 2nd Congressional District after midnight Wednesday at Dysart's in Bangor.

Poliquin wins re-election over Cain in Maine’s 2nd District

By Michael Shepherd on Nov. 09, 2016, at 12:44 a.m.
Cementing his place in Maine’s political upper echelon, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin won his first re-election in the 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday over Democrat Emily Cain.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree smiles from the stage in Portland in this November 2014 file photo.

Pingree breezes to re-election in Maine’s 1st District

By Jake Bleiberg on Nov. 08, 2016, at 10:20 p.m.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree scored an easy re-election in Maine’s 1st Congressional District, after opening a wide lead over Republican challenger Mark Holbrook in early returns, according to unofficial results.

Clinton wins first batch of actual results of the 2016 election

By Fred Barbash, Washington Post on Nov. 08, 2016, at 8:06 a.m.
Mitt Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, got a single write-in vote in the country’s “First in the Nation” balloting.

The good and very bad reasons for long lines on Election Day

By Derek Willis, ProPublica on Nov. 08, 2016, at 7:26 a.m.
Researchers who study the issue broadly place long lines in two categories: a sign of problems at polling places or a sign of voter enthusiasm. Both can apply.
This mailer for Ellsworth City Council candidate John Linnehan, which includes a photo of Linnehan (right) standing next to House candidate David Edsall, has prompted a complaint to the state ethics commission from the Maine Democratic Party, which contends the flier and similar newspaper advertisements violate the Maine Clean Election Act.

Maine panel orders GOP candidates to share costs but finds no violation

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 07, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Michelle Byram, her mom, Kathy Lennon, 65, and daughter Maile Sawyer. Lennon, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and doesn't know who is president, voted by absentee ballot last week at a senior living facility where she lives.

Alzheimer’s patient voted even though ‘she couldn’t name a candidate,’ daughter says

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 07, 2016, at 2:36 p.m.
A 65-year-old woman who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2012 and nowadays doesn’t know what year it is or who is currently president voted last week by absentee ballot.
Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic

Portland eyes 6-month ban on marijuana shops, though it may not matter

By Jake Bleiberg on Nov. 07, 2016, at 2:07 p.m.
Anticipating the the possibility that Mainers will vote to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday, Portland city councilors are proposing a temporary ban on shops selling the drug.
EDITORIALS
Nearly 220,000 Maine residents have already voted. Make sure you join them.

Don’t just burden your friends with your opinion. Make it official at your polling place

By The BDN Editorial Board on Nov. 07, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Participation is crucial in this election.
A Bangor High School ballot counted in the statewide mock election on Oct. 25.

Clearing the smoke on Maine laws related to student voting

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 07, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said Monday that LePage is trying to intimidate people who are studying in Maine.
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FBI director clears Clinton as candidates make final push for votes

By Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky, The Washington PostTrump, Clinton make final campaign sprints as FBI closes email case on Nov. 06, 2016, at 8:09 p.m.
Comey’s announcement Sunday cleared a distraction that had dogged the final days of Clinton’s campaign and providing perhaps the last twist of the wild 2016 election year.
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the conclusion of their first presidential debate on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Trump, Clinton focus on crucial states in campaign’s final days

By Alana Wise and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Nov. 06, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is hustled off the stage by security agents after a perceived threat in the crowd on Saturday at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada.

Security hustles Donald Trump from stage during Nevada rally

By Emily Stephenson and Amanda Becker, Reuters on Nov. 06, 2016, at 8:23 a.m.
Donald Trump was rushed off stage by security agents after a false alarm as someone in the crowd shouted “gun” during scuffles with a man who held up a “Republicans against Trump” sign.
Inmates sit in a history class at the Maine State Prison in December 2010.

Prison inmates can vote in Maine, and interest this year has been high

By Susan Sharon, Maine Public on Nov. 04, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
No one keeps track of exactly how many prisoners vote, but Maine and Vermont are the only two states that allow them to do so.
CONTRIBUTORS
A sample ranked-choice ballot from the 2011 Portland mayoral race.

Maine ballot initiative could solve the age-old problem of third party candidates

By Steven Mulroy, The Conversation on Nov. 03, 2016, at 3:51 p.m.
All those frustrated by their choices this election season, and those interested in fair, representative outcomes, should remember that the “spoiler problem” is an eminently fixable problem.
EMILY CAIN
Emily Cain

Maine can be prosperous again: It just needs a leader who’ll put Maine families first

By Emily Cain on Nov. 03, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.
Emily Cain: What we’re missing is a representative who can bring together the resources, partners and tools that businesses and communities need to thrive.