The Maine Voter Residence Qualification Referendum, also known as Amendment No. 1, was on the September 9, 1935 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure lengthened the period of time required to establish residency for voting purposes from three to six months. This amended Section 1 of Article II of the Maine Constitution.
- See also: Maine Voter Residence Qualification, Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (1938)
The length of time required to establish residency for voting purposes was further lengthened in 1938.
| Maine Amendment No. 1 (1935)|
| Yes|| 23,269|| 80.77%|
Election results via: Main State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-
Text of measure
- See also: Maine Constitution, Article II, Section 1
The language appeared on the ballot as:
||AMENDMENT NO. 1
"Shall the constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the legislature to provide for longer residence of 6 months instead of 3 months to qualify as a voter?"
By Chapter 81 of the Resolves of 1935, it is proposed that Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution, as amended by Articles XXIX and XLIV of the Constitution, shall be further amended to read as follows:
'Sec. 1. Every male citizen of the United State of the age of twenty-one years and upwards, excepting paupers, persons under guardianship and Indians not taxed, having his residence established in this state for the term of
three six months next preceding any election, shall be an elector for governor, senators and representatives, in the town or plantation where his residence is so established, and he shall continue to be an elector in such town or plantation for the period of three months after his removal therefrom if he continues to reside in this state during said period and the elections shall be by written ballot. But persons in the military, naval or marine service of the United State, or this state, shall not be considered as having obtained such established residence by being stationed in any garrison, barrack or military place, in any town or plantation; nor shalt the residence of a student at any seminary of learning entitle him to the right of suffrage in the town or plantation where such seminary is established. No person, however, shall be deemed to have lost his residence by reason of his absence from the state in the military service of the United States, or of this state.'
The full text of the constitutional changes can be read here.