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Maine Signature Certification on Initiative Petitions, Question 8 (1996)

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Maine Signature Certification on Initiative Petitions, on the ballot as Question 8, was on the November 5, 1996 election ballot in Maine. It was approved.

Election results

Question 8
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 367,994 66.25%
No555,42233.75%

It was proposed as a constitutional amendment to the Maine Constitution by the Maine legislature.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

This proposed constitutional amendment would amend the direct initiative provisions of the Maine Constitution to increase from 2 to 5 the number of working days that local officials would have to certify that the signatures on an initiative petition are those of registered voters. The amendment would also require that initiators file their petitions with such officials 10 days prior to the date on which they must file their certified petitions with the Secretary of State (unless the 10th day is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday), rather than 3 days prior to that date (unless the 3rd day is a legal holiday) as currently required.

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