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August 9, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Announces Order of Appearance for Questions on November Ballot

5 Questions to be Decided by Voters on November 6

Augusta — Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap held a random drawing to decide the order of the appearance of three bond questions slated for the November 6, 2007 ballot. “The drawing only impacts the order of three bond questions,” Dunlap said, explaining that “there are three different types of question appearing on November’s ballot, but ordering the questions by type is pre-determined by statute. With the order of three bond questions now decided, the ballot printing process can get underway to assure ballots will be in place in plenty of time to allow for absentee voting.”

Pursuant to Title 21-A, Maine Law on Elections, §906.7, the type of questions appearing on a ballot must be arranged in the following order:  

  • carry-over measures from a previous election
  • people's veto questions
  • initiated measures
  • bond issues
  • constitutional amendments
  • other legislatively proposed referenda

The November ballot will contain one citizen initiative, three bond questions, and a legislatively proposed referendum. The order of the questions has been determined to be as follows:

Question One: Do you want to allow a Maine tribe to run a harness racing track with slot machines and high-stakes beano games in Washington County ?

Question Two: Do you favor a bond issue to stimulate economic development and job creation that would provide $5,000,000 in loans and grant funds and would provide $50,000,000 in research, development and commercialization funds for targeted technology sectors, awarded after a competitive process administered by the Maine Technology Institute, and will leverage at least $50,000,000 in other funds?

Question Three: Do you favor a $43,500,000 bond issue for interior and exterior building renovations, improvements and additions at all campuses of the Maine Community College System, the Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine System; to replenish the School Revolving Renovation Fund for school repairs and renovations; and to support capital improvements for cultural and educational assets such as museums, historical facilities and libraries?

Question Four: Do you favor a $35,500,000 bond issue to invest in land conservation, water access, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation opportunities, including hunting and fishing, farmland and working waterfront and to invest in state parks, historic sites and riverfront, community and farm infrastructure to be matched by at least $21,875,000 in private and public contributions?

Question Five: Do you favor extending term limits for Legislators from 4 to 6 terms?

Approximately 750,000 ballots will now be printed and distributed to each of the municipalities which host polling places on Election Day.