Maine Referendum Petition Signature Requirements, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1948)

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The Maine Referendum Petition Signature Requirements, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, was on the September 13, 1948 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1][2] The measure changed the signature requirement for referendum petitions from 10,000 electors to at least 10 percent of the total vote for governor cast in the last gubernatorial election preceding the filing of the petition. This amended Section 17 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.[3]

Aftermath

See also: Maine Direct Initiatives Signature Requirements, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1951)

A similar 10 percent signature requirement was later implemented for direct initiative petitions, as well.

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1948)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 68,237 50.95%
No65,69849.05%

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 17

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 1

"Shall the constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the legislature to provide for additional signers in petitions for referendum?" [4]

Constitutional changes

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

Similar measures

  • Maine Direct Initiatives Signature Requirements, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 2 (1951) Approveda

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