Maine Voting Machines, Amendment No. 1 (1933)

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The Maine Voting Machines Referendum, also known as Amendment No. 1, was on the September 11, 1933 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have allowed for the use of voting machines in all elections in Maine, so long as the right to secret voting was not infringed upon by them.[2] This would have amended Section 5 of Article II of the Maine Constitution.[3]

Aftermath

See also: Maine Voting Machines, Amendment No. 3 (1935)

Although Amendment No. 1 was defeated, the issue was voted upon again as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in 1935 and passed with 61.89 percent of the votes in favor of voting machine usage.

Election results

Maine Amendment No. 1 (1933)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No64,55353.01%
Yes 57,230 46.99%

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

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

AMENDMENT NO. 1

"Shall the constitution be amended as proposed by a resolution of the legislature authorizing the use of voting machines in elections?"

By Chapter 81 of the Resolves of 1933, it is proposed to further amend Article II of the Constitution, by adding thereto the following section, to wit:

'Sec. 5. Voting machines, or other mechanical devices for voting, may be used at all elections under such regulations as may be prescribed by law: provided, however, the right of secret voting shall be preserved.' [4]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the proposed constitutional changes can be read here.

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