Maine Stop Cruise Missile Testing, Question 2 (1989)

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The Maine Stop Cruise Missile Testing Initiative, also known as Question 2, was on the November 7, 1989 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved.[1] The measure authorized and directed the governor to seek to persuade the federal government not to engage in the testing of cruise missiles in Maine's airspace.[2][3]


Despite the passage of this measure, the U.S. Navy continued testing unarmed missiles in Maine's airspace. Three to five such tests were planned for late 1990. Members of the Maine Peace Campaign planned to protest the matter in late 1990 with visits to the offices of Maine's congressional delegation and the governor's office. By November 1990, Governor John R. McKernan and the Maine congressional delegation had asked the Navy to halt the testing, but Navy Secretary H. Lawrence Garrett said the program would continue.[4]

Election results

Maine Question 2 (1989)
Approveda Yes 122,820 52.28%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Initiated Bills 1980-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Do You Favor stopping Cruise Missile Tests in Maine? [5]

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