Maine Gubernatorial Incapacity, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (1975)

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The Maine Gubernatorial Incapacity Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3, was on the November 4, 1975 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure outlined circumstances under which the governor could be found incapable of discharging the powers and duties of the office. If the governor was continuously unable to discharge the powers and duties because of mental or physical disability for six months, the office would be deemed vacant. The measure also provided a chain of command for cases of the governor being temporarily incapacitated. This amended several parts of Article V, Part First of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

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Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 3 (1975)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 112,171 78.00%
No31,64722.00%

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

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article V, Part First

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 3

"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to provide for determination of inability of the Governor to discharge the powers and duties of his office?" [4]

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