ROCKLAND — Rockland voters were turning out at a brisk pace Tuesday.

As of 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 977 ballots were cast. That includes 571 absentee ballots.

Rockland has 5,583 registered voters. In 2019, which was the last off-year election — when there were no presidential or gubernatorial contests — there were 1,167 ballots cast in Rockland.

City residents have local and state issues to help decide. Locally, there is the race for a single seat on the Rockland City Council. Incumbent Ben Dorr is being challenged by Nicole Kalloch. There is also the referendum question on whether the annual pay for city councilors should increase from $800 to $4,000 and $1,000 to $4,500 annually for the mayor. The pay was last increased in 1980.

In addition to proposed charter changes, residents are voting on an advisory referendum concerning housing. The question reads: “Do you support amending Rockland’s zoning regulations to allow smaller, more efficient, more affordable dwellings?”

There are also three statewide referendum questions, with the one gathering the most attention being whether to block or allow the Central Maine Power corridor work to continue.

Polls were open until 8 p.m.

The Courier-Gazette/VillageSoup will publish election results tonight as soon as they are counted.

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