Turnout high for historic Maine election

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) A historic election here in the state Tuesday as Mane became the first state in the nation to use ranked-choice voting in a statewide primary election.

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Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap tells us that the process went smoothly for the most part.

He says there were some concerns from people which was to be expected but overall folks seemed to grasp the new voting system with ease.

He also says that voter turnout was up across the state.

Dunlap says, "Turnout has been a bit higher than we anticipated, which is a great thing. We've been working with some towns who may be running into ballot shortage issues. We have a process for that."

Bangor City Clerk, Lisa Goodwin says, "I think the referendum question has brought out some people on either side of it whether they are for or against it and just the curiosity of the ranked-choice ballot itself has brought people out."

Goodwin says in Bangor alone over 4,000 votes were cast, a big increase from the typical primary turnout of three thousand.