Your Vote 2017


  • Question 1: York County Casino
    • Yes, 57,230 - 17 percent
    • * No, 285,074 - 83 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent
  • Question 2: Medicaid Expansion
    • * Yes, 202,456 - 59 percent
    • No, 141,033 - 41 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent
  • Question 3: Transportation Bond
    • * Yes, 246,064 - 72 percent
    • No, 95,560 - 28 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent
  • Question 4: Constitutional Amendment
    • * Yes, 208,094 - 63 percent
    • No, 122,325 - 37 percent
    • 570 of 584 precincts - 98 percent



  • In Portland, voters decided whether to:
    • Rehabilitate four schools, two schools, or none. (read more here)
    • Establish tenants' rights and rent stabilization measures. (read more here)
  • In Lewiston and Auburn, voters decided whether to consolidate municipalities into Lewiston-Auburn. (read more here)

Scroll down for more stories on Maine's 2017 elections, which took place Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

The Maine Ethics Commission took a series of votes Friday to fine campaign committees controlled by the sister of casino developer Shawn Scott a total of $500,000 for obscuring the source of millions of dollars pumped into the York County casino campaign.

The total fine is against four campaign committees controlled by Lisa Scott and another co-operated by Augusta lobbyist Cheryl Timberlake.

The commission held Scott and Timberlake jointly liable for the $130,000 penalty against the Horseracing Jobs Fairness Committee.

Leaders of Maine’s two largest Indian tribes are criticizing Question 1, the ballot measure that would create a casino in York County as a bad deal for Mainers and for the tribes.

In a written statement, the chiefs of the Passamaquoddy’s two reservations and the Penobscot Nation say if voters authorize Question 1, it “would represent a manipulation of our state’s policymaking process, harm the tribes and prevent rural economic development in Maine.”

Next week, Maine voters will be asked to weigh in another $105 million in borrowing to pay for needed transportation infrastructure.  This week, a lobbying group called TRIP released its latest assessment of one segment of that transportation infrastructure:  bridges.

The TRIP assessment: 14 percent of Maine bridges remain structurally deficient.  The group says that's the ninth highest percentage in the nation.

But state transportation official Andrew Bickmore says the 14 percent figure may not be as bad as it sounds

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

In early December of 2015, casino developer Shawn Scott and his sister Lisa Scott were ready to launch the ballot initiative that will appear as Question 1 on ballot on Tuesday. But first, they needed a name for the campaign committee.

We're now less than a week away from Election Day.  There are four items on Maine's statewide ballot.  Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks about three of them with University of Maine at Farmington Political Science Professor Jim Melcher.

GRATZ: Statewide, folks are going to face four questions: The first one is another casino vote. Now, the opposition this time is less focused on gambling per se than on who would get to develop this casino.

This story was originally published at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

One of the questions on next Tuesday’s statewide ballot asks voters to approve a constitutional amendment to change the debt repayment schedule in the retirement system for state workers and public-school teachers.

It hasn’t garnered much attention, even though payments to the system totaled $320 million last year — more than the total budget for the courts and the Legislature combined. Supporters of the proposed change say it will bring more stability to the system.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

The Maine Ethics Commission has delayed by a few days a decision on whether to penalize the campaign behind a casino proposed for York County.  The commission is investigating whether the campaign hid the source of over $4 million in funding for more than a year.

Progress for Maine

This story was originally published at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

While ethics officials in Augusta delved into the murky finances behind the campaign to permit a casino in York County on Tuesday, its lead supporter, developer Shawn Scott, was in Portland to announce he’d done a deal with organized labor for its construction.

But there’s still no guarantee that if voters support the measure, Scott would actually build the resort he is promising.

Maine's governor and the Legislature - actually legislatures - have battled for years over expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Next week Maine voters can get into the act. Referendum Question 2 would approve the Medicaid expansion. Maine Public’s State House Bureau Chief Steve Mistler has written a story for Maine about the history of Medicaid expansion and talks about it with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

The Maine Ethics Commission has unanimously rejected a request to postpone a hearing about its investigation into the Question 1 casino campaign's funding sources.


The commission is expected to review and potentially rule on some of the findings from its probe Tuesday. But on Sunday night, the commission received a request from several of the attorneys representing the various entities funding the casino initiative to delay the meeting.


Patty Wight / Maine Public/file

When Maine Democrats passed their first Medicaid expansion bill four years ago, they wanted to make sure reporters and television cameras were there to see it. Republican Gov. Paul LePage wanted a similar audience - to witness the bill’s inevitable failure.  

Maine Public/file

The campaign to convince Mainers to authorize a casino at an undisclosed location York County has spent close to $2.3 million over a 23-day period.

Maine Public/file

Thursday, Portland-based ad experts Sam Surprise and Brenda Garrand spent some time assessing the quality of ads supporting Questions 1 and 2 on next month's statewide ballot.  If approved, Question 1 would authorize a casino for York County, and Question 2 would allow Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  Two days ago, ads opposing the Casino measure finally took to the airwaves.  Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz reconnected with Surprise, of Surprise Advertising, and Garrand, of Garrand Partners, who joined from Houston.


Patty Wight / Maine Public

Next month, voters will decide whether the state should expand Medicaid. At stake is health coverage for an estimated 70,000 Mainers as well as financial stability for hospitals.

Maine Public/file

It's not a big election year, and so not a big year for political advertising.  But ad experts Sam Surprise and Brenda Garrand have had a look at some of it and give Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz their assessments.