Tuesday, 12 June 2018 23:54

Candidates, voters await election results Featured

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BREWER - For candidates and voters alike, the moments after the polls closed were a bit different than in years past.

If election officials need to begin using the ranked choice system, it could be a while before we know the clear results of this election.

That didn't stop candidates from hosting watch parties across the state.

Most took place in southern Maine, but Democratic congressional hopeful Lucas St. Clair and his supporters gathered at Mason's in Brewer to watch the numbers pour in.

David Farmer, Spokesperson for St. Clair for Congress says they don't mind waiting a little longer for results.

"Lucas strongly supports it (Ranked Choice Voting), he was the only candidate in this race that joined the lawsuit to make sure we got the chance to give ranked choice voting a try in the primary this year. So yeah, it changes the nature of when we're likely to her results, but we think it's worth it to give more people a greater voice in the outcome," said Farmer.

Maine's highest election official says voter turnout was between 20 to 30 percent overall, which is expected.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap noted that some towns had hot-button topics in their local elections - leading to a higher than expected turnout.

While ranked choice could lead to a longer wait - Dunlap says we should have a pretty good idea of who's in the lead.

"If it looks like after tonight, nobody in the two gubernatorial primaries or the Democratic primary for congress that anybody has achieved a majority, then we'll begin the process of gathering those materials and bringing them to Augusta and then doing the rankings, but we'll know where people stand in the rounds after tonight," Dunlap said.