Elections 2016

As a block, Midcoast voters approve initiative to raise the minimum wage

Results for Knox and Waldo counties
Posted:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 5:30am
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If there was a prize for garnering the largest spread of votes in favor of Question 4, which at the polls Tuesday was the Citizen’s Initiative to raise the minimum hourly wage, Camden won with 2,4015 people casting votes in favor of the measure compared to 965 against. Following close behind, and nearly neck-and-neck, were Belfast and Rockland. Belfast had 2,557 votes in favor compared to 1,325 against, and Rockland had 2,37 in favor and 1,189 against. Those figures represent about twice as many voters voting in favor of raising the minimum wage, than those voting against it. In Camden, the figure was between two and three times as many.

In total, Knox County had 14,116 votes in favor of Question 4 compared to 9,283 votes against it. And in Waldo County, the tally was 11,948 in favor and 10,056 against.

Question 4: Citizen's Initiative
Do you want to raise the minimum hourly wage of $7.50 to $9 in 2017, with annual $1 increases up to $12 in 2020, and annual cost-of-living increases thereafter; and do you want to raise the direct wage for service workers who receive tips from half the minimum wage to $5 in 2017, with annual $1 increases until it reaches the adjusted minimum wage?

Knox County

QUESTION 4 - RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE
Yes No
Appleton 459 401
Camden 2,415 965
Cushing 485 383
Friendship 388 357
Hope 586 456
Isle au Haut - -
Matinicus 34 16
North Haven 218 72
Owls Head 583 437
Rockland 2,371 1,189
Rockport 1,442 879
St. George 1,032 625
South Thomaston 530 377
Thomaston 842 651
Union 707 653
Vinalhaven 542 234
Warren 1,011 1,120
Washington 471 468
TOTAL 14,116 9,283

Waldo County

QUESTION 4 - RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE Yes No
Belfast 2,557 1,325
Belmont 280 287
Brooks - -
Burnham - -
Frankfort 300 364
Freedom 216 218
Islesboro 308 111
Jackson 159 169
Knox 184 269
Liberty 316 245
Lincolnville 943 603
Monroe - -
Montville 343 298
Morrill 222 310
Northport 595 431
Palermo 392 473
Prospect 215 210
Searsmont 437 397
Searsport 859 683
Stockton Springs 535 474
Swanville 372 406
Thorndike 199 235
Troy 297 267
Unity 599 452
Waldo 254 229
Winterport 953 1,255
TOTAL 11,948 10,056