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Secretary of State: Maine could be national leader in voter turnout

An estimated 113 million Americans participated in the 2018 midterm elections. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) History was made in the midterms, with a record turnout of voters.

An estimated 113 million Americans participated in the 2018 midterm elections.

In Maine, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says it will be a few days before he has a final tally on voter turnout.

He was expecting voter turnout of around 65 percent.

Even though it was a rainy, dreary day, he says he expects Maine will again be a leader in the nation for voter turnout.

“We have no reason to think it was less than what we projected, it may have been higher, in Bangor, in any given time there were 500 people in line to cast a ballot,” Dunlap said.

Dunlap says overall everything went very well.

He says a few towns, including Portland, had some mechanical issues with the tabulating machines.

He says that created some longer lines and took longer to add up the votes, but didn't impact the outcome of the election or the results.

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