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Originally published in Compass, November 10, 2011
Area voters in line with rest of state
High voter turnout

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Referendum Election November 8, 2011
Referendum Election November 8, 2011

by Jessica Brophy

Voters in the nine towns of Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry voted in line with the rest of the state on each of the four issues up for consideration in the November 8 election. Isle au Haut voted with the state on every issue except Question 4.

For a complete breakdown of local voting tallies by town, see the accompanying chart.

With approximately 90 percent of precincts reporting at press time, unofficial results showed the following results statewide:

On Question 1, to reject the new law which would eliminate same-day voter registration, 60 percent of voters statewide voted yes.

On Question 2, to allow two racinos, 55 percent of state voters said no.

On Question 3, to allow a casino in Lewiston, 63 percent voted no.

On Question 4, to realign state redistricting with census years, 53 percent statewide said yes.

Secretary of State Charlie Summers had predicted a 35 percent turnout for the election, typical for years without big candidate races.

Several towns in our area exceeded that percentage handily. Sedgwick had a 41 percent voter turnout, Blue Hill had 43 percent. In Penobscot, 46 percent of voters turned out, and in Surry nearly 53 percent of voters made it to the polls. On Isle au Haut, 35 of the 52 registered voters cast ballots—a whopping 67 percent.