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Maine Municipal Industrial Buildings Bonds, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1961)

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The Maine Municipal Industrial Buildings Bonds Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2, was on the October 10, 1961 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure allowed voters in a municipality to decide whether or not their municipality could issue notes or bonds for the purpose of constructing building for industrial use.[1] The measure was declared invalid by the Maine Supreme Court.[2]


The approval of both proposed constitutional amendments on this ballot were declared invalid by the Maine Supreme Court. Maine The Maine Constitution required that referendums on constitutional amendments must be held during the month of November. Then Governor John H. Reed asked for the court's opinion after the Maine State Legislature had set October 10, 1961 as the date for the measures to be voted upon. The court also ruled that the measures could be resubmitted to voters in November of 1962. Both measures were resubmitted and approved a second time.[2]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1961)
OverturnedotOverturned Case:Opinion of the Justices 157 Me. 525 (1961)
Yes 20,377 50.90%

Election results via: Kennebec Journal, "On Two Constitutional Amendments Vote Ruled Illegal," November 10, 1961

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]


"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature permitting the registered voters of a municipality to authorize the issuance of notes or bonds in the name of the municipality for the purpose of constructing buildings for industrial use?" [3]

Similar measures

The other measure that was approved and overturned at this election was:

The measure as it was resubmitted to and approved by voters in 1962:

Other measures regarding loans for industrial purposes:

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Lewiston Evening Journal, "Specimen Ballot," October 3, 1961
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kennebec Journal, "On Two Constitutional Amendments Vote Ruled Illegal," November 10, 1961
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.