ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As winter storm Stella continues to bear down on Maine, the town of Orono is carrying on with their Municipal Elections as planned and officials are ready to stay the night if need be.
Up for grabs are two seats on the town council and two seats on the RSU 26 school board.
Town Manager and Registrar Shelly Crosby said normally they are busy in the evening hours but she said they have seen an uptick in the amount of voters in the morning hours because people "are trying to beat the weather".
Crosby said an average turnout is somewhere between 450 and 50 people and she expects around the same amount to show up Tuesday.
She said since the warrant for their annual municipal elections was signed back in January, elections cannot be shut down.
“I reached out to the Maine Municipal Association who has a legal department and they were sharing with me that the last time that a election was compromised and or was shut down due to a storm was 1940 and that was the city of Lewiston” said Town Manager and Registrar Shelly Crosby.
She said Lewiston's election never got started because the storm "came the night prior to the election".
Crosby said she wants voters to know they will be open as planned until 8 p.m. tonight at the town office in Orono no matter what.
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