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.
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.

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.
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.
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

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.
Orono resident Jeff Sanders went to the town office for early absentee voting on Wednesday in Orono.

Maine city, town clerks say early voter turnout strong this year

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 02, 2016, at 7 p.m.
“We haven’t see this many absentees since 2008,” the Bangor city clerk said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump throws an autographed hat back into the crowd at a campaign rally in Cadillac, Michigan, March 4, 2016.

The KKK’s official newspaper has endorsed Trump for president

By Peter Holley, Washington Post on Nov. 02, 2016, at 1:13 p.m.
Under the banner “Make America Great Again,” the paper’s current issue devoted its entire front page to a lengthy defense of Trump’s message — an embrace some have labeled a de facto endorsement.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders urges a crowd at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to vote for Hillary Clinton for president, Oct. 7, 2016. Sanders returned to Maine to campaign for Clinton on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Sanders in Maine: After he loses, Trump will pay ‘fair share’ of taxes’

By CBS 13 on Nov. 02, 2016, at 8:19 a.m.
Campaigning on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke for more than an hour to a crowd of more than 1,000 at Deering High School, encouraging all of them to go out and vote.

Clinton condemns Trump’s treatment of women; Trump attacks Obamacare

By Jenna Johnson, John Wagner and Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post on Nov. 02, 2016, at 6:53 a.m.

Maine’s top earners are facing a tax hike. Here’s where they live.

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 01, 2016, at 6:29 a.m.
Much of the debate over Question 2 on the November ballot centers on who, exactly, would get hit with a higher tax rate to boost funding for public schools.

Clinton works to shift conversation back to Trump’s fitness to serve

By John Wagner, Jenna Johnson and Anne Gearan, The Washington Post on Oct. 31, 2016, at 8:27 p.m.
Hillary Clinton sought Monday to redirect the focus of the presidential race to national security and Donald Trump’s fitness for office after days of damaging uncertainty over a renewed investigation into her email use when she was secretary of state.
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and challenger Emily Cain pose for a picture before the 2016 congressional debate held at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle on Oct. 19.

Poliquin-Cain rematch shatters spending record, averages 333 TV ads per day

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Oct. 31, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
The 2nd District showdown between U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a first-term Republican, and Democratic challenger Emily Cain is one of the most expensive in the nation and is filling the airwaves with more advertising than any other congressional race in the land ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
Medicinal marijuana buds are shown in jars at the Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group dispensary in West Hollywood, California, recently.

Election Day could create flood of marijuana cash with no place to go

By Lisa Lambert, Reuters on Oct. 31, 2016, at 1:08 p.m.
Marijuana merchants say there are not nearly enough banks willing to take their cash