Larger voter turnout causes ballot shortage in some areas

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) Voter turnout was up in much of Maine Tuesday.

PHOTO: Person filling out a ballot, Photo Date: August 15, 2016

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says there are many contributing factors, including special elections in cities and towns as well as curiosity over ranked-choice voting.

He says an increased turnout caused ballot shortages in about 30 towns across the state.

Cindy Gorham, Islesboro Deputy Town Clerk says, "We ran out of the democratic primary ballot. Obviously it was because we have a resident who was in the race. I think that had a lot to do with it. It was very stressful because we had people lined up and had to turn people away but most everybody did come back."

Dunlap says, "We have a protocol to deal with that. We authorized the towns that were affected to either get overrun ballots from our printer if time allowed or if not to make photo copies of ballots. So, logistically it was pretty manageable."

Completed ballots are set to be picked up by a courier service over the next two days.

They will be brought to Augusta where the ranked-choice tabulations will take place.

Outcomes of those races could be known as early as next Monday.