Maine Initiative Signature Validity and Form of Ballot Question, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1981)

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The Maine Initiative Signature Validity and Form of Ballot Question Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, was on the November 3, 1981 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure required all signatures for initiated measures to be dated and limited the validity of a signature to one year. It also provided that any initiated measure not enacted without change by the legislature would be submitted to electors together with any amended form, substitute or recommendation of the legislature in such a manner that they can choose between the competing measures or reject both. This amended Section 18 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1981)
Approveda Yes 141,975 64.79%

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 18

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to change the initiative provisions to require that for initiatives begun after the effective date of this resolution all signatures be dated and limit the validity of a signature to one year?" [4]

Constitutional changes

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

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