PORTLAND, Maine — Residents have voted to return to having a popularly elected mayor.

Portland abolished the elected post more than eight decades ago. Since then, the ceremonial post of mayor rotated among nine members of the City Council.

On Tuesday, residents voted 52 percent to 48 percent in favor of restoring an elected mayor. City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says the first election will be in November 2011.

Supporters included several business groups. They felt that an elected mayor would provide stronger leadership than the city manager form of government.