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Maine Gubernatorial Term Continuation, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1971)

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The Maine Gubernatorial Term Continuation Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2, was on the November 2, 1971 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure allowed the Governor to continue in office until his successor is determined and take the oath of office. This rule only applied in cases when the gubernatorial election is disputed and not determined by midnight of the first Wednesday of January following the general election in November, which was when the Governor's term expired at that time.[2]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1971)
Approveda Yes 170,851 71.57%

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

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]


"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature providing that the term of office of the Governor continues until his successor has qualified?" [3]

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  1. Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, "Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-," accessed April 15, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lewiston Daily Sun, "Specimen Ballot," October 26, 1971
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.