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Maine Senate Elections, Powers and Apportionment, Proposed Constitutional Amendment (1966)

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The Maine Senate Elections, Powers and Apportionment Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment, was on the November 8, 1966 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure repealed and replaced the language outlining the election, powers and apportionment of the Maine State Senate. This included the following provisions: [2][3]

  • The number of senators was to be between 30 and 40.
  • Senators are to be elected for the same term as Respresenatives.
  • The apportionment of the Senate is to occur every ten years starting in 1971. The districts are to conform, as much as is possible, with county lines and aiming for a median population of 30,000. The smallest district should have no fewer than 27,000 and the largest no more than 33,000.
  • If the Legislature fails to make an apportionment within a 60 day period, the Maine Supreme Court would made the apportionment.

Background

In 1963, a similar measure was passed modifying similar constitutional language in regards to the House of Representatives.

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment (1966)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 157,773 63.26%
No91,61836.74%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

"Shall the Constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the Legislature to Amend the Constitution Relating to the Apportionment, Election and Powers of the Senate?" [4]

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