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Maine Constitutional Revision Election Amendment (1908)

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The Maine Constitutional Revision Election Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the September 14, 1908 ballot in Maine, where it was approved. The measure changed the language regarding the approval of legislative constitutional amendments by removing the phrase "in the manner prescribed by law, at their next biennial meeting in the month of September" and replacing it with "to meet in the manner prescribed by law for calling and holding biennial meetings of said inhabitants for election of senators and representatives on the second Monday in September following the passage of said resolve."[1] This amended Section 2 of Article X of the Maine Constitution.[2]

Election results

Maine Constitutional Revision Election Amendment
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 47,981 67.47%
No23,13232.53%

Election results via: All proposed Maine constitutional amendments, 1820-present

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article X, Section 2

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall Section Two in Article Ten of the Constitution, as amended by the resolved of the fifty-eighth legislature passed March fourth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and adopted September eighth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, be further amended by striking out the words: "in the manner prescribed by law, at their next biennial meeting in the month of September," and inserting in place thereof the words: "to meet in the manner prescribed by law for calling and holding biennial meetings of said inhabitants for election of senators and representatives on the second Monday in September following the passage of said resolve;" so that the section as amended shall read as follows:

"Section 2. The legislature, whenever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, may propose amendments to this constitution; and when any amendment shall be so agreed upon, a resolution shall be passed and sent to the selectmen of the several towns, and the assessor of the several plantations, empowering and directing them to notify the inhabitants of their respective towns and plantations, to meet in the manner prescribed by law for calling and holding biennial meetings of said inhabitants for election of senators and representatives on the second Monday in September following the passage of said resolve, to give in their votes on the question, whether such amendments shall be made; and if it shall appear that a majority of the inhabitants voting on the question are in favor of such amendment, it shall become a part of this constitution," the same being the question to be submitted for the action of the legal voters under the provisions of Chapter 238 of the Resolves of the Legislature of the State of Maine approved March 28, 1907.

Those in favor of this amendment will vote "Yes," those opposed will vote "No," upon their ballot. [3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Daily Kennebec Journal, Sample Ballot, September 10, 1908
  2. Resolves of the State of Maine 1907, "Chapter 238," accessed April 18, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.