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Maine People's Veto Election Timing, Question 8 (1999)

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The Maine People's Veto Election Timing Referendum, also known as Question 8, was on the November 2, 1999 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure required that petitions for people's vetoes be voted upon at the next statewide or general election. Prior to this, they were allowed to be held at special elections. This amended Section 17 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 8 (1999)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 285,174 71.33%
No114,64028.67%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part Third, Section 17

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Question 8: Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require that a petition for a people's veto be voted on at the next statewide or general election, rather than at a special election? [3]

Summary

The following description of the intent and content of this measure was given in the Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:

This Resolution would authorize an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to allow a petition for a people's veto to be voted on at the next statewide or general election rather than at a special election. The Amendment deletes current language, which allows a petition for the people's veto to be voted on at a special election. [3]

—Maine Secretary of State, [2]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Maine state constitution

Question 8 was placed on the ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Maine Constitution by a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the state legislature.[2]

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