Monthly Archives: November 2016
Islanders turned out in record numbers
Voter turnout for state and national elections is generally strong on Westport Island, and this year was no exception. National voter turnout has been estimated at about 58 percent; state voter turnout at last check was about 67 percent.
Westport Island’s voter turnout edged 84 percent. Absentee voting — including mail and in-person — broke Island records at 111 voters, plus 6 out-of-country and military voters for a total of 117 voters. Another 405 headed to the polls on election day.
And if we were nominating Spirit of America volunteers today — the nominees would have to be the poll workers. They maintain the integrity of the process and make election day a pleasant one at the polls. Sandra Crehore, Cheryl Anderson, Pam Soule and Sam Soule put in hours before election day to prepare for the election; and they put in double digit hours on election day. Twelve vote counters worked in teams of two to count and reconcile their ballot counts in the hours after the polls closed. Thank you to all for a great job on a record-setting day.
How Westport Islanders voted the contested races:
The overall winning candidates and referendum votes are noted in italics. Also, note that Questions 1 and 2 are currently in a recount.
|President||Hillary Clinton (D)||241|
|Donald Trump (R)||219|
|Gary Johnson (L)||29|
|Jill Stein (G)||12|
|David McMullin ( )||1|
|U.S. House District #1||Mark Holbrook (R)||252|
|Chellie Pingree (D)||246|
|Maine Senate District #89||Dana Dow (R)||250|
|Christopher K. Johnson (D)||249|
|Maine House District #13||Stephanie Hawke (R)||234|
|Wendy Wolfe (I)||260|
|Question 1. Legalize Marijuana||Yes||272|
|Question 2. Tax for Public Education||Yes||251|
|Question 3. Gun Background Checks||Yes||243|
|Question 4. Increase Minimum Wage||Yes||288|
|Question 5. Ranked-Choice Voting||Yes||260|
|Question 6. Transportation Bond||Yes||332|
Masquerade and hocus pocus at the Town Hall
The Community Association’s annual Halloween party included pirates, a bat, a convict, a jester, a zombie bride, town elders and a fairy princess that turned her grandma into a rabbit. Were Vincent Van Gogh and King Arthur also spotted? No, it wasn’t Van Gogh! It was Bob Ross, PBS’s silly artist, promoting “his” philosophy that “there are no mistakes – just happy accidents.”
Fashionistas wore black and white, and the dashing Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara grabbed the spotlight. Scarlett was the belle of the ball with a hooped ball gown fashioned from drapes — with the rod still attached — winning her accolades for most original costume.
Deciding awards for most original, funniest and scariest costumes taxed Judges Deborah Williams, Christy Hopkins and Debbie Speed. All of the masqueraders exhibited award-winning Halloween spirit. One must wonder what the loon, who has been presiding over town hall events since 1889, thought of the Halloween hijinks.
Photo credits for “Bob Ross” to Johnny Scott and for the fairy princess to Laurie Jaramillo