Election Day a busy one in southern Maine

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Voters in Greater Portland headed to the polls on Tuesday to determine local, state and federal elections, with turnout on the heavy side according to reports.

Along with determining state and federal Senate and House as well as governor contests, some of the key issues being decided by local voters include a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana in South Portland, library renovations in Cape Elizabeth, a new public safety building in Gorham, school withdrawal efforts in Freeport and Raymond, a new athletic complex in Gray as well as council and school board term limits and new sidewalks in Standish.

For election results of local referenda and races, check back with www.keepmecurrent.com Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as election returns become available.

Elaine Lovejoy casts the first ballot in Buxton shortly after the polls opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday while ballot clerk Dianne Oakes looks on.Buxton election warden Hiram Davis opens a sealed box of ballots shortly before polls opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday at Buxton Town Hall.Buxton Town Clerk John Myers sets up ballot counting equipment at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday.Early Buxton residents check in at 6 a.m. on Tuesday to vote in Buxton Town Hall. The polls are open until 8 p.m.Election Day volunteers in Westbrook direct traffic outside the Westbrook Community Center off Bridge Street this morning. With voter turnout high, parking for the center, which hosts voting for wards 1 and 4, was redirected across the street by the Westbrook Little League fields.

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