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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Maine Ballot Initiative Reform Measure Will Be Considered Next Week

The Maine state Senate will consider Legislative Document 31 on Wednesday, hoping to curb new measures that only benefit one segment of the population.

NRA-ILA reports that the bill would amend the state Constitution to require that the signatures on any ballot initiative include voters from both of Maine’s congressional districts, with the number of signatures from each district constituting no less than 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in that district during the previous election. LD 31 requires the votes of two-thirds of the Senate in order to pass and appear on the ballot in November.

During the last election cycle, the Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun ballot initiative Question 3 received most of its qualifying signatures from urban areas in southern Maine. LD 31 is intended to make it more difficult for out-of-state politicians to meddle in Maine’s political process.

Use Your Power!

LD 31 needs two-thirds of the state Senate to vote for it, so it is crucial that Maine voters contact their senators and urge them to support the measure. To help, just click here.