Secretary of State to Determine Order of Ballot Questions

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For Immediate Release 
August 9, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

***Media Advisory***
Secretary of State to Determine Order of Ballot Questions

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is scheduled to determine the order of questions on the November 8th General Election ballot through a public drawing on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 12:30 p.m. in his office at the Nash School Building in Augusta.

In addition to five bond questions, the November 8th ballot will include a People’s Veto of an anti-discrimination law enacted by the Legislature earlier this year, as well as a Constitutional Amendment enacted by the Legislature that would provide for the assessment of waterfront lands used for commercial fishing activities.

Maine law requires the drawing process for ballot position.  State law also requires the questions to be organized on the ballot by category as follows:  people's veto questions are first, then citizen initiatives, followed by bond questions, then constitutional amendments and finally referendum questions.