Get To Know the Referendum Questions You’ll See November 5th
It's a quiet November election coming up where Mainer's will be focusing on referendum voting on Tuesday, November 5.
This year we have two statewide issues to vote on that include a transportation bond and a constitution amendment for the state of Maine. Here's what we've got:
Question 1: Transportation Bond
Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds?
The State of Maine's press release from Friday explains the bond question:
This proposal would authorize the State to issue general obligation bonds, in an amount not to exceed $105 million, to raise funds for transportation projects. The 10-year bond would fund several projects, including upgrades to bridges, secondary roads, state highways and other transportation infrastructure statewide under the helm of the Maine Department of Transportation ($100 million); a matching grant program for municipal culvert upgrades via the Maine Department of Environmental Protection ($4 million); and the renovation of the wharf and bulkhead at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland ($1 million).
The second question revolves around adoption of a Constitutional amendment to expand a statute for people with disabilities:
Question 2: Constitutional Resolution
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow persons with disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner as authorized by the Legislature?**
Again, the State of Maine press release helps clarify what you will be voting on:
This proposal would amend Maine's Constitution to allow voters who have physical disabilities that prevent them from signing their own names to use an alternative method of signing a citizens initiative or peoples veto petition. Maine election law already allows voters with disabilities to use an alternative signature on a voter registration application, a change of party enrollment form, candidate nomination petitions, and Maine Clean Election Act forms by using a signature stamp or by authorizing another Maine-registered voter to sign on the voters behalf in the voters presence and at the direction of the voter. Adoption of the proposed Constitutional amendment would expand the scope of this election statute so that voters with certain physical disabilities would also be able to sign citizens initiative petitions and peoples veto petitions.
For more information on the upcoming elections, please visit the Secretary of State's page on Maine.gov.