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Maine State Legislature Apportionment Year, Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1980)

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The Maine State Legislature Apportionment Year Referendum, also known as Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1, was on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure conformed the years in which the house and senate were to be apportioned. This was achieved by changing the starting year for apportionment of the senate from 1984 to 1983 so that it would be apportioned at the same time as the house. Apportionment for both would then be repeated every 10 years. This amended Section 2 of Article IV, Part Second of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Background

According to the attorney general's explanatory statement, the cause of the discrepancy between the apportioning years for the senate and house was an apparent drafting error. The intent of this measure was to remedy this error and to make the process more efficient by avoiding duplication of effort.[4]

Election results

Maine Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1 (1980)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 298,113 67.28%
No144,97632.72%

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

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part Second, Section 2

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to bring into conformance the year in which the House and Senate shall be apportioned?" [5]

Constitutional changes

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

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