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Official: 13-17 Percent of Mainers Expected to Vote

It's the first Tuesday in November, which means it's Election Day today. Of course, you probably knew that already, since Maine has one of the highest rates of voter engagement in the country.

But although our state usually turns out more voters than almost anyone in the nation, "off year" elections like this years — with no national or state offices on the ballot — don't tend to attract quite as many of us to the polls. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap's estimating that today, only about 13 to 17 percent of Mainers will vote — that's as opposed to almost 60 percent in 2014.

But, as MPBN political reporter Mal Leary says, that doesn't mean there's not a lot going on today at the polls.