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What are Your Election Day Stories for 2015?

This morning at 9 AM, I sauntered into my town office to vote.  There was no line out the door.  There were no candidates politicking right outside the acceptable boundary.  There were hardly any cars in the parking lot.  Some nice elderly volunteers were having pie but were happy to step away from their table to hand me my ballot, which took me only a few moments to fill out.  Then I sauntered on my merry way, leaving the smell of pie behind me.

It was no wonder that voting lines were utterly absent this evening.  There are no national candidates this year, and the only big question on the Maine statewide ballot this year is Question 1, a referendum that, if passed, would increase public financing for candidates for state office and increase public disclosure of the dark money that seeps from out-of-state corporations into campaigns.  Predictably, the lobbyists and the chambers of commerce have heaped public scorn on Question 1; if it passes, it will reduce their influence.  Right now, 61% of precincts have reported in, and Question 1 is winning by a 52%-47% margin.

What are your Election Day stories?

5 thoughts on “What are Your Election Day Stories for 2015?”

  1. Larry says:

    I voted at 4pm and at that time only about 35% of registered voters at that precinct had voted. By poll closing only roughly 55% of voters had voted.

    A lot of apathy.

  2. Tom says:

    Disclosure doesn’t mean shutting off the spigot. They win either way.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      You’re right, Tom. Partial solutions don’t equal total solutions.

  3. J Clifford says:

    There wasn’t a single uncontested election where I live.

  4. Mark says:

    We had a hotly contested election here in Mount Pleasant, SC for town council. 4 of the 8 seats were up for election and 12 candidates were on the ballot. It got pretty negative the last couple weeks. We basically had 2 competing slates of candidates (4 each) and 4 independents. Mount Pleasant has faced unprecedented growth over the past couple decades. We’re one of the fastest growing communities in the country. In the past 20 years we’ve more than doubled in population from 30k to nearly 80k. That growth has spawned traffic and development like never before seen. One slate of candidates were the “Save Shem Creek” group who want to slow down the rapid growth and development until our municipal systems (roads, schools, utilities, etc.) can get caught up. The other group, backed by developers and the regional Chamber of Commerce, instead want to accelerate growth with more condominium/business complexes and light industry. Lots of money got thrown into this contest.

    The “Save Shem Creek” coalition won 2 seats outright yesterday. 3 candidates (including the other 2 from the SSC coalition) will enter a runoff election in 2 weeks for the other 2 seats.

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