Maine Lewiston-Auburn Bridge, Referendum Question No. 4 (1968)

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The Maine Lewiston-Auburn Bridge Bond Issue, also known as Referendum Question No. 4, was on the November 5, 1968 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued up to $4.5 million in bonds for the construction of a bridge across the Androscoggin River between the cities of Auburn and Lewiston. This was the third time such an measure had been put to voters, with the prior two being defeated.[2]

Background

The first attempt to fund a bridge in this location was in 1951, when a legislatively-referred bond question asked voters to approve $3 million in bonds for the construction of a toll bridge there. A second attempt was made in 1967, which asked for $4.5 million for a bridge, though no longer specified as a toll bridge.

Election results

Maine Referendum Question No. 4 (1968)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 199,221 61.05%
No127,08438.95%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Maine Bond Issues, 1951-

Text of measure

Bridge across Androscoggin River between Auburn and Lewiston

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

REFERENDUM QUESTION NO. 4

"Shall a bond issue be ratified in an amount not to exceed $4,500,000 as set forth in 'An Act to Authorize the Construction of a Bridge Across the Androscoggin River between the Cities of Auburn and Lewiston,' passed by the 103rd Legislature in second special session?" [3]

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  1. Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, "Votes on Maine Bond Issues, 1951-," accessed April 11, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lewiston Daily Sun, "Specimen Ballot," October 29, 1968
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.