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Ballot referendum summary booklets available at local municipal offices

November 02, 2006 - TRC

New voters’ guide will help inform citizens on ballot issues

LEWISTON – Voters still trying to make up their minds on the two statewide referendum questions on the November ballot can learn more about the costs and effects of the questions through a new law drafted by a local lawmaker.

Rep. Elaine Makas, D-Lewiston, introduced a law earlier this year that requires the Secretary of State to prepare a booklet on upcoming referendum questions and allow advocates from both sides of the issues to purchase space in the booklet to plead their case. The cost to purchase a spot in the booklet has paid for its production, meaning there will be no cost to the state.

In fact, with issues as contentious as the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” bringing out advocates from both sides in full force, the booklet could bring some additional revenue into the state.

Makas introduced the bill based on the frustration she has witnessed in her experience as a volunteer absentee-ballot collector, and on the feedback she has heard from constituents who were confused by the actual intent of the questions because of their vague wording.

The Secretary of State’s office makes the information available on a public website, http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2006/intent06.html . Makas and other supporters of the new law pointed out that the people who need that information often do not have access to the internet.

Booklets should be available in local municipal offices and libraries this week. There are two questions on the statewide ballot this year.

Contact :
Elaine Makas, 784-5726
Travis Kennedy, Legislative Aide, 287-1430
Kaylene Waindle, Communications Director, 287-1433

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.