Voting slow, steady at Rockland polling station

By Stephen Betts | Nov 05, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland City Councilor Ed Glaser, and Donald Robshaw Jr. stand outside the Flanagan Community Center Tuesday morning, Nov. 5. Glaser and Robishaw are two of the four candidates seeking two seats.

Rockland — Voting was slow but steady Tuesday for the election that will elect two city councilors.

As of 9:30 a.m., 146 people had voted at the Flanagan Community Center while another 171 had voted earlier by absentee ballots.

Rockland has 5,179 registered voters.

Polls opened at 8 a.m. and will stay open until 8 p.m. at the center located at the intersection of Limerock and Union streets.

There is a four-way race for two Rockland City Council seats but no contest for two school board seats.

Polls will remain open until 8 p.m.

incumbent Councilor Ed Glaser, and Nathan Davis, Ian Emmot and Donald Robishaw Jr. are running for the two seats. Amelia Magjik did not seek re-election and resigned from the Council earlier this month.

The City Council candidate forum held Oct. 9 can be viewed on the city website at this link.

Profiles of the four candidates can also be viewed at the following links.

For Glaser go to this link.

For Davis go to this link.

For Emmott go to this link.

And for Robishaw go to this link.

The 2019 ballot will have two state referendums but neither has generated much interest.

One is a bond referendum asking voters to borrow $105 million to "build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to match an estimated $137 million in federal and other funds."

The second state ballot question asks "Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow persons with disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner as authorized by the Legislature?"

Comments (3)
Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 08, 2019 17:11

Sorry Gordon, darn computer calculator messed up again. Thanks for the curektion. That is still a pretty poor showing no matter how I com-put it, eh? Do you think that makes the turnout any better? At least I got most eveything else close enough. ha.ha.ha.


Posted by: GORDON MANK | Nov 06, 2019 08:10

Dale you need to check your math, 1176 voters is 22.7 % of 5179 voters ok.


Posted by: Dale Hayward | Nov 05, 2019 22:31

1176 people in 12 hours equals 98 people per hour or 1.633333333333 each minute. I guess you can call that a slow but steady turnout. This is 4.39 percent of the eligible voters, more detail below.

If all 5,179 eligible votes showed up that would have been 431.33333333 each hour or 7.19 per minute. Now that would have been democracy at its best, never will happen. That would have been a heavy and amazing turnout.  But instead,we will govern this city by a minority of 4.392705682782019 % of our voter population. Now we should be proud of that for sure.


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