Everything you need to know to vote in Maine on Nov. 7

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an election Tuesday.

It’s an off year in some ways. The ballots will be shorter with legislative, congressional and gubernatorial races still gaining steam for 2018. Still, there are major issues to decide, and the lower turnout an odd-year election generates makes the outcomes unpredictable and, in effect, elevates the impact of each ballot cast.

Oh, and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are at stake.

Maine has four referendum questions on its ballot, and there’s one special election to fill a vacancy in the Maine House of Representatives. Two of Maine’s largest cities — Auburn and Lewiston — will vote whether to merge, and other municipalities will be electing leaders or voting on local initiatives.

The BDN has you covered whether you’re a seasoned voter or going to the polls for the first time. Take a look at the BDN 2017 election primer, click on the links and report to your polling place more informed.

The Fiddlehead Focus / St. John Valley Times is pleased to feature content from our sister company, Bangor Daily News. To read the rest of “Everything you need to know to vote in Maine on Nov. 7,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Christopher Cousins, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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