Camden, Rockport record steady turnout at the Nov. 2 polls; petitioners gather signatures for multiple petitions

Tue, 11/02/2021 - 2:45pm

    CAMDEN and ROCKPORT — By 2 p.m., Nov. 2, election wardens in Rockport and Camden have watched over hundreds of voters streaming to the polling places; in Camden, more than 900 had cast ballots already, and the parking lot beside the Camden Public Safety Building was full.

    Question 1 on the state ballot, concerning the CMP corridor, was likely the reason so many voters are turning out at the polls, election officials in both towns agreed.

    Camden’s warrant is extensive this November, and includes several significant questions. Rockport’s warrant, likewise, has at least one substantial warrant article concerning the future of the former RES parcel on West Street, and which will drive its future.

    Volunteers Dave Johnson and Ed Geis represent different citizens’ initiatives, and were collecting many signatures outside the polling place in Rockport.

    Johnson was collecting signatures for  the Pine Tree Power proposal, which would, in approved for the next statewide ballot, take electric grid out of the hands of corporations and put it in the hands of Maine people.

    Geis was collecting signatures for universal healthcare efforts.

    In Camden, Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, I-Friendship, was in Camden collecting signatures for an initiative to prevent foreign governments from donating to ballot measures. 

    Additionally, there were representatives of the effort to gather signatures for the Pine Tree Power and health insurance initiatives, as well as collecting those collecting signatures for the Save the Dam initiative for the next Camden town meeting warrant.