Election 2016: A voter guide to Maine's ballot

Maine Voter Ballot None

(NEWS CENTER) — Election Day has finally arrived, and Maine, a state continually recognized for its high turnout, is ready to vote.

It's a day full of public spirit, debate and civic appreciation — a continuation of one of the nation's oldest and most powerful forms of expression through democracy.

For the entire election cycle, NEWS CENTER has followed several of the state's biggest races and issues facing voters. This was all in preparation for today, Nov. 8.

The following is a summary of what you will see (or have seen) on Maine's ballot:


PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

☐ Hillary Clinton/Sen. Tim Caine (Democratic)
Former Sec. of State/Virginia U.S. Senator

☐ Gary Johnson/Bill Weld (Libertarian)
Former N.M. Governor/Former Mass. Governor

☐ Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka (Green)
Physician and advocate/Human rights activist

☐ Donald Trump/Gov. Mike Pence (Republican)
Businessman/Indiana Governor


U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 1

☐ Rep. Chellie Pingree (Democrat)
Maine U.S. Representative

☐ Mark Holbrook (Republican)
Professional Counselor


U.S HOUSE, DISTRICT 2

☐ Rep. Bruce Poliquin (Republican)
Maine U.S. Representative

☐ Emily Cain (Democrat)
Former Maine State Senator


STATE BALLOT MEASURES

☐ Question 1: Legalize Marijuana (Full Legislation)

Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?

Yes on Question 1 draws controversy from prosecutors, parents of sick kids

Question 1: Legalizing marijuana

☐ Question 2: School Funding (Full Legislation)

Do you want to add a 3% tax on individual Maine taxable income above $200,000 to create a state fund that would provide direct support for student learning in kindergarten through 12th grade public education?

Question 2: Funding Maine's public schools

Question 2: New tax to fund Maine's schools?

☐ Question 3: Background Checks (Full Legislation)

Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?

Gun owners rise in opposition to Question 3

Maine Question 3 around background check expansion None

☐ Question 4: Minimum Wage (Full Legislation)

Do you want to raise the minimum hourly wage of $7.50 to $9 in 2017, with annual $1 increases up to $12 in 2020, and annual cost-of-living increases thereafter; and do you want to raise the direct wage for service workers who receive tips from half the minimum wage to $5 in 2017, with annual $1 increases until it reaches the adjusted minimum wage?

Question 4 stirs strong feelings about wages

Pros/Cons of raising Maine's wages from Question 4. None

☐ Question 5: Ranked Choice Voting (Full Legislation)

Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the state level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority?

Question 5: Ranked choice voting explained

Question 5: Ranked choice voting explained None

☐ Question 6: Bond Issue (Full Legislation)

Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities, equipment and property acquisition related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds?


STATE SENATE

Partisan composition ahead of Nov. 7: Republicans 20, Democrats 15

Seats up for election: 35 out of 35

Map of Senate Districts

District 1
☐ Timothy Guerrette (R) ☐ Troy Dale Jackson (D)

District 2
☐ Michael Carpenter (D) ☐ Ricky Long (R)

District 3
☐ Rodney Whittemore (R) Incumbent ☐ Jeffrey McCabe (D)

District 4
☐ Paul T. Davis (R) Incumbent ☐ Carole Boothroyd (D)

District 5
☐ James Dill (D) Incumbent ☐ Brent Baber (R)

District 6
☐ Rock Alley (D) ☐ Joyce Maker (R)

District 7
☐ Brian Langley (R) Incumbent ☐ Moira O'Neill (D)

District 8
☐ Kimberley Rosen (R) Incumbent

District 9
☐ Geoffrey Gratwick (D) Incumbent ☐ Laurence Willey (R)

District 10
☐ Andre Cushing (D) Incumbent ☐ Dennis Marble (I)

District 11
☐ Michael Thibodeau (R) Incumbent ☐ Jonathan Fulford (D)

District 12
☐ David Miramant (D) Incumbent ☐ David F. Emery (R)

District 13
☐ Chris Johnson (D) Incumbent ☐ Dana Dow (R)

District 14
☐ Shenna Bellows (D) ☐ Bryan Cutchen (R) ☐ Joseph Pietroski (I)

District 15
☐ Roger Katz (R) Incumbent ☐ Henry K. Dilts (D)

District 16
☐ Scott Cyrway (R) Incumbent ☐ Henry Murphy Beck (D)

District 17
☐ Thomas Saviello (R) Incumbent ☐ Joanne Dunlap (D)

District 18
☐ John Patrick (D) Incumbent ☐ Lisa Keim (R)

District 19
☐ James Hamper (R) Incumbent ☐ Joseph Chisari (D)

District 20
☐ Eric Brakey (R) Incumbent ☐ Kimberly Sampson (D)

District 21
☐ Nathan Libby (D) Incumbent

District 22
☐ Garrett Mason (R) Incumbent ☐ Richard Fochtmann (D)

District 23
☐ Guy Lebida (R) ☐ Eloise Vitelli (D)

District 24
☐ Everett Carson (D) ☐ Tristam W. Coffin (R)

District 25
☐ Cathy Breen (D) Incumbent ☐ Barton Ladd (R)

District 26
☐ William Diamond (D) Incumbent ☐ Ryan McDonald (R)

District 27
☐ Seth Baker (G) ☐ Benjamin Chipman (D) ☐ Adam Pontius (R)

District 28
☐ Mark Dion (D) ☐ Karen Usher (R)

District 29
☐ Rebecca Millett (D) Incumbent ☐ Martha MacAuslan (I)

District 30
☐ Amy Volk (R) Incumbent ☐ Jean-Marie Caterina (D)

District 31
☐ Justin Chenette (D) ☐ Timothy Sevigny (R)

District 32
☐ Susan Deschambault (D) Incumbent ☐ Matthew Stone (R)

District 33
☐ David Woodsome (R) Incumbent ☐ Andrea Boland (D)

District 34
☐ Ronald Collins (R) Incumbent ☐ Jonathan Kilbourn (D)

District 35
☐ Dawn Hill (D) Incumbent ☐ Theodor Short (R)


STATE HOUSE

Partisan composition ahead of Nov. 7: Democrats 78, Republicans 69, Independents 3, Unenrolled 1

Seats up for election: 151 out of 151

Map of House Districts

Find you House race here via Ballotpedia.

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