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July 7, 2010
Contact: Matt Dunlap

***Media Advisory***

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap to Determine Order of Ballot Questions

AUGUSTA, MAINE Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is scheduled to determine the order of the bond questions that will appear on the November 2, 2010 General Election ballot through a public drawing on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in his office at the Nash School Building in Augusta.  The Nash School is located at 103 Sewall Street.

Maine law requires the drawing process for ballot position and also requires the questions to be organized on the ballot by category as follows: people's veto questions first, then citizen initiatives, followed by bond questions, referendum questions proposed by the Legislature, and finally, resolutions to amend the state Constitution.

On the November ballot there will be one citizen initiative question and two bond questions.  There are no people's veto questions, no Constitutional resolutions and no legislative referenda.  Since there is only one citizen initiative, that question will be first on the ballot.  Thursday's drawing will determine the order of the two bond questions.

In no particular order, the questions that will appear on the November 2, 2010 General Election ballot are as follows:

  • Question  1 (Citizen Initiative): Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?
  • Question __ (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $5,000,000 bond issue to be awarded on a competitive basis to increase access to dental care in Maine, $3,500,000 to be used for a community-based teaching dental clinic affiliated with or operated by a college of dental medicine to be matched by $3,500,000 in other funds, and $1,500,000 to be used to create or upgrade community-based health and dental care clinics across the State to increase their capacity as teaching and dental clinics?
  • Question __ (Bond Issue): Do you favor a $9,750,000 bond issue to invest in land conservation and working waterfront preservation and to preserve parks to be matched by $9,250,000 in federal and other funds?