The first of two days of voting is under way at the University of Southern Maine on a faculty proposal of no-confidence in President Selma Botman.

The faculty, who along with most other staff have been unable to negotiate a new contract, petitioned the Faculty Senate to hold the vote. There are 377 tenured faculty eligible to vote in the referendum, though even if the no-confidence proposal succeeds it is only advisory.

Botman works for the chancellor of the University of Maine system, who would make the final decision.

Ballot stations are located at the University of Southern Maine campus in Lewiston, at the USM police station in Gorham and at the Maine School of Law in Portland.

Polling places are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the ballots will be counted Wednesday after the polls close.