(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)
U.S. HOUSE, DISTRICT 1
☐ Rep. Chellie Pingree (Democrat)
Maine U.S. Representative
☐ Mark Holbrook (Republican)
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?
☐ 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 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?
☐ 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 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 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?
Partisan composition ahead of Nov. 7: Republicans 20, Democrats 15
Seats up for election: 35 out of 35
☐ Timothy Guerrette (R) ☐ Troy Dale Jackson (D)
☐ Michael Carpenter (D) ☐ Ricky Long (R)
☐ Rodney Whittemore (R) Incumbent ☐ Jeffrey McCabe (D)
☐ Paul T. Davis (R) Incumbent ☐ Carole Boothroyd (D)
☐ James Dill (D) Incumbent ☐ Brent Baber (R)
☐ Rock Alley (D) ☐ Joyce Maker (R)
☐ Brian Langley (R) Incumbent ☐ Moira O'Neill (D)
☐ Kimberley Rosen (R) Incumbent
☐ Geoffrey Gratwick (D) Incumbent ☐ Laurence Willey (R)
☐ Andre Cushing (D) Incumbent ☐ Dennis Marble (I)
☐ Michael Thibodeau (R) Incumbent ☐ Jonathan Fulford (D)
☐ David Miramant (D) Incumbent ☐ David F. Emery (R)
☐ Chris Johnson (D) Incumbent ☐ Dana Dow (R)
☐ Shenna Bellows (D) ☐ Bryan Cutchen (R) ☐ Joseph Pietroski (I)
☐ Roger Katz (R) Incumbent ☐ Henry K. Dilts (D)
☐ Scott Cyrway (R) Incumbent ☐ Henry Murphy Beck (D)
☐ Thomas Saviello (R) Incumbent ☐ Joanne Dunlap (D)
☐ John Patrick (D) Incumbent ☐ Lisa Keim (R)
☐ James Hamper (R) Incumbent ☐ Joseph Chisari (D)
☐ Eric Brakey (R) Incumbent ☐ Kimberly Sampson (D)
☐ Nathan Libby (D) Incumbent
☐ Garrett Mason (R) Incumbent ☐ Richard Fochtmann (D)
☐ Guy Lebida (R) ☐ Eloise Vitelli (D)
☐ Everett Carson (D) ☐ Tristam W. Coffin (R)
☐ Cathy Breen (D) Incumbent ☐ Barton Ladd (R)
☐ William Diamond (D) Incumbent ☐ Ryan McDonald (R)
☐ Seth Baker (G) ☐ Benjamin Chipman (D) ☐ Adam Pontius (R)
☐ Mark Dion (D) ☐ Karen Usher (R)
☐ Rebecca Millett (D) Incumbent ☐ Martha MacAuslan (I)
☐ Amy Volk (R) Incumbent ☐ Jean-Marie Caterina (D)
☐ Justin Chenette (D) ☐ Timothy Sevigny (R)
☐ Susan Deschambault (D) Incumbent ☐ Matthew Stone (R)
☐ David Woodsome (R) Incumbent ☐ Andrea Boland (D)
☐ Ronald Collins (R) Incumbent ☐ Jonathan Kilbourn (D)
☐ Dawn Hill (D) Incumbent ☐ Theodor Short (R)
Partisan composition ahead of Nov. 7: Democrats 78, Republicans 69, Independents 3, Unenrolled 1
Seats up for election: 151 out of 151
Find you House race here via Ballotpedia.