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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2009
CONTACT: Matt Dunlap 626-8400

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap Announces Order of Questions to Appear on November Ballot 

AUGUSTA, MAINE—In a brief ceremony in the Office of the Secretary of State, Matt Dunlap drew from a glass vase blank envelopes that contained the final questions for four initiated bills that voters will have the final say on in the upcoming November election.

“It’s a time-honored tradition,” said Dunlap. “We have used sealed scrolls in the past, but today we simply put the questions in small envelopes and drew them out one at a time.”

Under Maine law, People’s Veto questions are listed first. Second are citizen-initiated bills, third are bond questions, fourth are referenda sent out by the Legislature, and fifth are resolutions to amend the state Constitution. Because there is one People’s Veto, one bond question, one Constitutional resolution and no legislative referenda, their order was already determined and so they were not part of today’s drawing.

The complete listing of questions for the November 3rd election, in order, appears below.

Question 1 (People’s Veto Question): “Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”

Question 2 (Citizen Initiative): “Do you want to cut the rate of the municipal excise tax by an average of 55% on motor vehicles less than six years old and exempt hybrid and other alternative-energy and highly fuel-efficient motor vehicles from sales tax and three years of excise tax?”

Question 3 (Citizen Initiative): “Do you want to repeal the 2007 law on school district consolidation and restore the laws previously in effect?”

Question 4 (Citizen Initiative): “Do you want to change the existing formulas that limit state and local government spending and require voter approval by referendum for spending over those limits and for increases in state taxes?”

Question 5 (Citizen Initiative): “Do you want to change the medical marijuana laws to allow treatment of more medical conditions and to create a regulated system of distribution?”

Question 6 (Bond Issue): "Do you favor a $71,250,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit facilities, ferry and port facilities, including port and harbor structures, as well as funds for the LifeFlight Foundation that will make the State eligible for over $148,000,000 in federal and other matching funds?"

Question 7 (Constitutional Question): "Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to increase the amount of time that local officials have to certify the signatures on direct initiative petitions?"