The Maine Relating to Military Referendum, also known as Proposed Amendment No. 4, was on the September 10, 1917 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have required that all commissioned officers of the militia be appointed and commissioned by the Governor. It also would have made the legislature designate qualifications necessary for holding a commission in the militia and prescribe the mode of selection of officers for the several grades. This would have repealed and replaced Sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Article VII of the Maine Constitution.
- See also: Maine Relating to Military, Amendment No. 1 (1919)
Though the measure did not pass, it was placed on the ballot again in 1919, where it was approved.
| Maine Proposed Amendment No. 4 (1917)|
|Yes|| 20,585|| 46.26%|
Election results via:
Main State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-
Text of measure
The full text of the ballot language can be read here.
The full text of the proposed constitutional changes can be read here.