BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Voters are expected to turn out in a solid showing on election day 2012.
The Deputy Secretary of State for the Elections Division predicts a 65% - 75% turnout, which is about average for a Presidential Election in Maine.
Across the state, polling locations are confirming that number. NEWS CENTER spoke with polling locations in Lewiston, Wells, Portland, Freeport, Falmouth, Sanford, Bangor, Brewer, Ellsworth and Machias. They all report heavy traffic and a large turnout.
In Bangor, poll workers had to bring in extra staff to handle the increased demand for people registering to vote. "The traffic has been pretty steady all day long, especially on voter registration," says Bangor City Clerk Lisa Goodwin, "That is where we are seeing the long lines. To come in an actually pass your ballot is not long, but if you have to register to vote than you'll have to wait in line."
"We have seen a huge influx of, I'd say, our 20-30 year population to vote," explains Brewer City Clerk Howard Kroll, "Whether they moved from a different municipality or it's their first time voting and I think it has to do a lot with the presidential election."