Politics

  • Judge denies Poliquin’s challenge to ranked choice voting run-off

    Judge denies Poliquin’s challenge to ranked choice voting run-off

    ELLSWORTH — A federal judge this morning rejected U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s lawsuit seeking to halt the ranked-choice run-off process that would designate the winner of the 2nd District congressional race. The results should be announced shortly after noon Thursday. No District 2 congressional candidate received a more than 50 percent majority of first-choice votes

  • Lockman re-elected in District 137

    ELLSWORTH — In a race that was still too close to call on the morning after Election Day, Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) has been declared the likely winner for House District 137. With 15 of 16 towns having tabulated their votes, the Portland Press Herald showed Lockman leading his Democratic challenger, Doug Bunker, with 56

  • Poliquin seeks to sideline ranked choice; judge delays decision

    Poliquin seeks to sideline ranked choice; judge delays decision

    ELLSWORTH — The race for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District was the most expensive, heavily contested race in the state’s history. It may become one of the more litigated. On Wednesday morning, the race moved to a federal courthouse in Bangor, where U.S. District Judge Lance Walker began hearing arguments on a lawsuit filed by incumbent

  • Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    Secretary of state pushes back on allegations of unsecured ballot boxes

    ELLSWORTH — As the state’s first general election ranked choice voting count (RCV) got underway last week, the campaign of U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) raised concerns about the security of ballot boxes and a clerk reportedly tabulating absentee ballots illegally. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap pushed back, assuring voters that the boxes were

  • Hancock County Dems meeting Nov. 15

    ELLSWORTH — The November meeting of the Hancock County Democratic Committee will focus on the latest electoral victories. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the theater room at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. On Nov. 6, Maine elected Janet Mills as governor while Hancock County elected Louie Luchini

  • Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    Recount scheduled in probate judge race

    ELLSWORTH — One of a number of close contests in the Nov. 6 election was the race for Hancock County probate judge, which was decided by a tight margin. Republican Judge William Blaisdell IV won re-election with 13,903 votes while Democrat Lynne Williams, a Bar Harbor attorney, received 13,668. That’s a difference of 235 votes.

  • EHS students favor Moody in mock election

    ELLSWORTH — Bucking the statewide trend, Republican Shawn Moody won the governor’s race in a mock election at Ellsworth High School, garnering 51 percent of the vote. Democrat Janet Mills, the actual gubernatorial victor in the Nov. 6 election, was favored by 32 percent of student voters. Independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron received 10