PORTLAND — Turnout was light at polling places this morning, town and city clerks in the area said.

South Porltand was typical, with City Clerk Sue Mooney saying she expected the number of voters to be about the same as in other recent primary elections.

“It’s kind of slow,” she said. “It’s not dead slow, but it will probably be typical of the last few primary elections, when we had turnouts of 15-20 percent.”

Voters are choosing from crowded fields to select Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and also deciding whether to overturn a tax overhaul that cuts the income tax rate, but expands the sales tax. Many communities are also voting on school budgets and voters in those towns are also being asked if they want to continue voting on school budgets as mandated in a school consolidation law.

A few communities are also deciding local questions, such as Cape Elizabeth, where voters are being asked if they want to start requiring parking permits for Fort Williams Park to help pay for upkeep of the property. Officials in Cape Elizabeth were not available early this morning to say whether that issue was drawing more people to polls.

Polls are open until 8 p.m. tonight.

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