BREWER – Thousands of Mainers flocked to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the 2018 midterm elections.
As voters found out, this election brought a big turnout.
“You don’t have any right to complain, unless you don’t vote,” said Jill Grant of Brewer.
Tuesday morning in Brewer, many were waiting for the polls to open. The line was so long at one point, people were out the door standing in the rain.
“I kinda thought the rain would deter people, but nope, must be important to them,” said Rhonda Hogan, Bangor City Clerk.
Hogan has been City Clerk since August 2017. She says City Officials had been hard at work and were prepared for election day.
“The election process, actually absentee ballot requests are available usually the end of August,” said Hogan.
At one point, almost every booth was occupied. The strong turnout surprised many.
“Well I think it’s more normal for a Presidential Election, it’s a little strange for this to happen in a Midterm Election,” said John Zebiak of Brewer.
The twin city has a little over 9,000 residents. Hogan says 7,300 of those people are active voters, and that list keeps growing.
“I go to EMCC and the Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap, came in and talked to us about the importance of voting,” said Tyler Friel of Brewer.
Dunlap’s message sent him to the polls to register for the first time to vote.
“People fought for this country, for us to vote,” said Friel. “That one vote could change everything.”
Others seemed to agree.
“Now it seems more important in ever that i can remember in my 36 years of voting, to get out and have our voices heard,” said Josie Ellis.
Polls were open until 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Come Wednesday morning, many said they’re hoping to wake up to change in the state.